2014 LATERAL “NAPA VALLEY” PROPRIETARY RED
Lateral was inspired by St. Emilion wines in the heart of Bordeaux, and influenced by the interplay and tension created between Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Proprietor Marty Mathis, whom you might recognize from his high-scoring Kathryn Kennedy wines, decided to showcase how each of these two iconic grapes can harmonize to complement yet contrast each other, in a way that’s different from other Bordeaux style blends. He’s done so with carefully sought-out vineyards, primarily located in Coombsville, Carneros, and Yountville, and his 2014 is showing stunning delineation, depth and focus. Underlining notes of spice box, crushed black cherries, chocolate mint and rose buds leave a long lasting impression. At $39.99, you might grab a case quickly, before this deal goes sideways…
A stunning example of just how inspiring Right Bank influenced blends from Napa Valley can be, Marty loves to showcase the lush textures and richness of Merlot perfectly opposing the aromatic qualities and structure of Cabernet Franc. The 2014 blend utilizes 65% Merlot balanced with 35% Cabernet Franc, and was kept for around 18 months in oak barrels. The 2014 is stellar right now and promises another decade of sheer enjoyment. I highly recommend making room for a case.
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