This wine opens with high notes of cherry on the nose; the cinnamon, plum, cedar, chocolate, and clove all have strong supporting roles to please your olfactory and welcome you to this exquisite wine. Chocolate covered cherries and coffee beans light up your taste buds and the tannins finish with the consistency of a fine cocoa powder.
The 2014 CABERNET FRANCis begins with aromas of cassis, star of anise, and ground nutmeg, then moves into notes of mocha, ground cacao powder, and beautiful ripe cherries. The palate starts with rich flavors of cherries jubilee, malted chocolate and barrel notes of crème brûlée and barrel spices.
The nose is velvety with rich notes of cinnamon, anise, molasses, and blackberry jam. There are also hints of clove and just a pinch of black pepper. The palate is equally as silky and opens with delicate notes of cherry and ripe raspberry. The wine grows on the palate showing its breadth and beautiful core which leads into a rich blackberry compote finish, complemented but the soft, fine tannin structure.
The beautiful French oak notes of cola berry, toast, and barrel spice kick off the nose on the Father Mathew Cabernet Sauvignon. The classic ripe red cherry that we always look forward to on this wine sweetens the core of the nose with a hint of blueberry on the backend.
JAMES SUCKLING: 93 POINTS
There are aromas of maple cured bacon, cocoa powder, currant preserves, and a hint of dried tobacco leaf. The palate is well balanced with bright acid and bountiful mouthwatering tannins. This wine is all about dark chocolate with bright red fruit notes on the finish.
JAMES SUCKLING: 91 POINTS
The nose starts with surprising hints of BBQ notes like mesquite and a pinch of pepper. This evolves into beautiful notes of big black cherry, dark chocolate, and essences of raspberry. The palate is dominated by chocolate and coffee notes, the mid palate has hints of cola berry and currant which leads to the long lingering finish.
JAMES SUCKLING: 93 POINTS; ROBERT PARKER: 91 POINTS