ADAMVS Teres Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The 2014 TÉRES bears beautiful notes of Bing cherry, menthol and lavender. The gorgeous aromas of baking spices infused with site-driven characteristics of iron and slate give this wine a stunning lift. On the palate fine-grain, coating tannins are balanced by a satisfying touch of acidity. Flavors of blackberry and rich chocolate ganache linger over the course of a long, structured finish.
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Their biggest cuvée comes from not only their own estate on Howell Mountain, but is supplemented with fruit from Oakville and Rutherford. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Téres is similar to the other wines, offering notes of mocha, white chocolate, crème de cassis, licorice, forest floor and a touch of unsmoked tobacco in a pure, blackcurrant Cabernet Sauvignon personality. It is medium to full-bodied, with velvety tannin and should drink well for 15 or more years.
Winemaking in Howell Mountain was abandoned during Prohibition, and wasn’t reawakened until the arrival of Randy Dunn, a talented winemaker famous for the success of Caymus in the 1970s and 1980s. In the early eighties, he set his sights on the Napa hills and subsequently astonished the wine world with a Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Shortly thereafter Howell Mountain became officially recognized as the first sub-region of Napa Valley (1983).
With vineyards at 1,400 to 2,000 feet in elevation, they predominantly sit above the fog line but the days in Howell Mountain remain cooler than those in the heart of the valley, giving the grapes a bit more time on the vine.
The Howell Mountain AVA includes 1,000 acres of vineyards interspersed by forestlands in the Vaca Mountains. The soils, shallow and infertile with good drainage, are volcanic ash and red clay and produce highly concentrated berries with thick skins. The resulting wines are full of structure and potential to age.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.