Napa is blessed with diverse soils, an ideal climate and topography that produce a variety of consistent wines from a wide range of grapes. From silky, seductive Pinot Noirs to ripe, velvety Merlots, there is a Napa Valley wine perfect for everyone.
In this post, we’re excited to share our recent wine ratings from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and independent wine reviewer Jeb Dunnuck on our 2013 and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville and Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford.
The Best Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Aiken Wines is thrilled to be recognized as a producer of two top-rated Cabernet Sauvignons – we could brag all day! But we’ll let the experts speak for themselves.
2014 Aiken Wines Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine Advocate – 92+ Points
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville has a beautifully spicy, expressive nose of blueberry pie, crème de cassis and preserved plums with a dusty earth and sandalwood undercurrent. Rich, full-bodied, softly textured and beautifully expressive in the mouth, it has great length and plenty of layers. Drink 2017-2033.
Jeb Dunnuck – 96 Points
True blockbuster stuff is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which comes from the Oakville Ranch on the east side of the Valley. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak with a deep purple color and sumptuous notes of violets, crème de cassis, white chocolate, and hints of graphite, this full-bodied, opulent, seamless Cabernet Sauvignon is capable of lasting 20+ years.
2014 Aiken Wines Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine Advocate – 93 Points
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford opens with a smoky, earthy, toasty nose over a core of cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, baked blackberries and a waft of walnut oil. Medium to full-bodied with a fine-grained frame and wonderful freshness, it has plenty of earth and herbal flavors accenting the black fruits, finishing long and spicy. Drink 2017-2033.
Jeb Dunnuck – 95 Points
Cut from the same cloth as the 2013, only slightly more sexy and open-knit, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is loaded with blueberry and cassis-like fruits as well as lots of white chocolate, flowers, and spicy nuances. With full-bodied richness, no hard edges, and an incredible seamlessness on the palate, drink this sexpot of a wine over the coming 15 years.
2013 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
Jeb Dunnuck – 94+ Points
Blackcurrants, roasted herbs, toasted spice and cedar pencil notes all give way to a full-bodied, concentrated, hedonistic 2013 that has enough concentration and depth to keep for two decades. As with the Rutherford release, there’s a tiny amount of this available (85 cases).
2013 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
Jeb Dunnuck – 95 Points
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford from Joel Aiken is a beauty that shows the incredible quality of this great, great vintage. Boasting a deep purple color and terrific notes of blackcurrants, smoke tobacco, graphite, and background oak, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, fabulous purity, and a dense, concentrated, age-worthy feel. There are a tiny 105 cases made but it will have two decades or more of longevity.
On a Scale of 1 to 100
Robert Parker created the 100-point rating scale which is used to provide beneficial information for wine enthusiasts. Ratings offer an account of how vintages compare to prior years’ releases, tasting profiles, and a look at what goes into making each vintage.
Of course, while we’re thrilled to be so highly rated by two widely-respected professionals, we know the real judge of a great vintage is your own palate and preference. We hope you’ll savor drinking each of these top rated Cabernet Sauvignons as much we enjoyed making them.