Post Parade Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Post Parade Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Post Parade Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


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Post Parade is made by Thomas Rivers Brown, with 100% Napa Valley fruit, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes come from two vineyards :  Tench Vineyard, owned by Brian and Adair Tench, is in Oakville, just off the eastern Oakville bench. The eastern side of the property consists of red, rocky soils of clay and volcanic rock, perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit from this site has a mix of power, opulence and finesse, and provides the structure of Post Parade. “A lot of valley floor vineyards are all fruit, but this site has a lot of backbone that helps balance the finished wine,” says Brown.

The balance of the wine comes from Red Head Vineyard, owned by Ed and Jan Brown, located on Old Soda Springs Road north of the city of Napa, on the southeast side of the Napa Valley. Once a llama pasture, Ed and Jan planted a 7.5-acre vineyard of clone 685 on the site’s rocky southwest-facing hillside in 2007. “There's not much clone 685 planted in the valley,” says Brown, “but everywhere I've tasted it, I've been impressed. Grapes from Red Head provide the softer, plusher side of the wine.”
The proportion of each is determined by barrel tasting the aging wines to make best use of each vintage’s personality.

Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Post Parade
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Wine AdvocateFor a wine of this quality, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Post Parade is a fabulous bargain by Napa Valley standards. There are 430 cases of this wine, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 90% new French oak (50% of which was Taransaud and 40% Ermitage). Coming from the Tench Vineyard, an Oakville vineyard made famous by Russell Bevan, this wine has an opaque purple color and a glorious nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur intermixed with charcoal, camphor, a touch of toast and plenty of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. It is full-bodied and displays terrific intensity and purity as well as velvety tannins. This heady, multi-layered wine is already drinking beautifully but should continue to do so for another 15+ years

Robert Parker, December 31, 2016