93 Insider Points
The 2014 release from the Dude is a powerful and well structured wine showing impressive winemaking talent and quality fruit sources. Black cherry, blackberry, baking spice, tobacco and graphite blend on the dense and complex palate, finishing dry with dusty tannin. A very well thought out wine that will compete with all the heavy hitters in Napa Valley. Enjoy now through 2026. - DZ Feb 2017
Napa Valley, CA
38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 27% Cab Franc, and 7% Petite Verdot
This Bordeaux blend will have you saying, “Dude!” from the very first sip. Cab Sauv. Merlot. Cab Franc. Petite Verdot. Quite a bold lineup from some of Napa’s pristine growing regions and taking on multiple growing sites is nothing new for Canepa Koch Wine Cellars’ “The Dude.” This vintage spans Calistoga, Carneros, Rutherford and Oak Knoll. And its quality speaks for itself.
1200 cases of this vintage were produced and “The Dude” always sells out. We have honored our Sourcing Team was able to get their hands on a generous allotment just for our Members. It’s one of those wines us Cab-blend fanatics trip over ourselves on as we try to experience its luscious beauty.
Reasons why we love it:
- It’s hard to argue with the success of 2014 in Napa Valley. Wine Spectator called it “a dream vintage” with Cabernet Sauvignon taking “center stage.” And shall we remind you that Cab is the backbone of this blend? As the third vintage in a row of exceptional quality, 2014 has shown itself as one of dark, powerful, concentrated fruit that has been blessed with slightly earlier approachability than 2013. We are particularly in love with this blend’s graceful tannins and standout varietal flavor profiles.
- Winemaker Neil Koch - pronounced like “scotch” without the “s” - is given much-deserved credit for this wine. He’s a former protegee of industry leader Philippe Melka. Yes, the Philippe Melka who Robert Parker named as ‘one of the world’s nine most important winemakers’ and a ‘Winemaker of the Year’ recipient from Food & Wine. Neil got the pleasure of training under Philippe across several labels including Seavey Vineyards, Bryant Family and Vineyard 29.
- Besides his credible training, Neil has Napa Valley in his soul. Growing up among the region’s vineyards and wineries, his appreciation for the craft started early. No wonder he has the ability to source some of the finest grapes, his hands of literally been in the region’s dirt since he was a boy. Make no mistake, 2014 The Dude is as boldly happy a wine as you will find.
Bold aromas of black cherry and plum are heightened by hints of oak and Madagascar vanilla. A soft and velvety palate of anise, dark cocoa powder and roasted sage lead into a dense finish with luscious tannins.
Winemaker Neil Koch - pronounced like “scotch” without the “s” - is given much deserved credit for this wine. He’s a former protegee of industry leader Philippe Melka. Yes, the Philippe Melka who Robert Parker named as ‘one of the world’s nine most important winemakers’ and a ‘Winemaker of the Year’ recipient from Food & Wine. Neil got the pleasure of training under Philippe across several labels including: Seavey Vineyards, Bryant Family and Vineyard 29.
This is delicious on its own, but also goes really well with roast lamb, veal, or spaghetti bolognese.