2014 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, 3L
Showcasing the rich and forward characteristics of fruit from the Napa Valley, with the elegance and balance that is the hallmark of Fortunati wines! From the first pour, this wine’s nose delivers fresh and lively combinations of blackberries, crème de cassis, cedar and cooking spice (anise, cinnamon, cracked black pepper). Further aeration allows intricate aromatics of cigar box, cherry liqueur and sweet French oak to bloom with a subtle touch of minerality. On the palate, initial flavors are fruit-forward and opulent; black cherry, red raspberry and summer-ripe plum, underscored with roasted coffee and a touch of rich dark chocolate. Juicy acidity gives substantial lift to the concentrated fruit, while integrated tannins frame the exuberant textures. Through the incredibly long finish, this luscious Cabernet continues to evolve, graceful notes of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of warm spice lightly linger. Enjoy now as the perfect complement to grilled steak, braised meats or wild game, or confidently cellar for another 10-15 years as this wine’s structure allows even more subtle complexity to emerge.
Why bigger bottles are better-really! (the advantages of larger formats)
Many studies have been done that indicate larger wine bottles are better suited for aging wines. Large format bottles age their wine contents more slowly, and possibly even develop more complexity and nuances, than the same wine in smaller bottles. This is due to the smaller amount of air between the cork and the wine, known as "ullage". The amount of ullage can either oxidize the wine, causing it to age prematurely, or develop at a slower pace of maturity. The more air that the surface of the wine is exposed to, the faster the wine tends to develop (thus, why half bottles develop much faster than large formats.) If you’re planning on aging a wine for 20, 30, 40 or more years, (such as a bottle put away on the birth of a child or to commemorate a wedding) it will most likely be better if it was aged in a large format bottle. Plus, large format wine bottles look impressive on the dinner table or in a wine cellar!
However, no size bottle and no length of time will make poorly made wine into good wine. This is why you should start off with a well-made wine, such as those made here at Fortunati Vineyards, that have the tannic structure and firm acidity to stand up to time and age with grace, for a truly revelatory wine experience to enjoy in the future!