2014 Shadybrook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, Napa Valley

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The Winery

What a magnificent hidden gem beneath Mt George in the Coombsville AVA. Owners David and Alice Alkosser found a piece of heaven. They are situated on 25 rolling hillside acres with phenomenal views facing west and south. They have planted the five key Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec on this property.

I was introduced to Shadybrook by their prominent winemaker Rudy Zuidema with their inaugural 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon release. I have been a buyer for two additional releases without hesitation with the 2012 being exceptional. The 2012 Cab made my listing of “Top Wines in 2015”. Currently they are offering three wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Platine Blanc (in the tradition of whites from Bordeaux). All their wines are available with quantity limitations on purchases.

The 2014 Shadybrook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2014 Shadybrook Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon is simply smooth and elegant. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a silky and layered wine. On the eyes it is dark and enticing. A cacophony of flavors from sweet pipe tobacco to plum to blackberries delight the senses. A pleasing finish with mocha and velvety tannins provides an opulent finish. The current release is their 2017 and lists for $125 on the website.

The Food and Wine Pairing

The meal was a stir fried chicken with a mild chili and sweet sauce or as we called it Orange Chicken. Served over rice and a side salad with freshly cooked bacon accompanied the meal. In all honesty the wine was really not chosen to go with the dinner as we both wanted a nice Cabernet Sauvignon but not the typical big and bold with heavy tannins from Napa perfect suited for a steak. Pulled from the cellar a “tried and true” wine from my friend Rudy Zuidema. We knew we would be delighted. So only a few sips at dinner, with the balance being enjoyed catching up on some recorded television shows! The wine did not disappoint and was even better than I remembered.






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