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November 21, 2017 | The Society

2014 Lancaster Estate Cab Earns Spot on Wine Spectator Top 100 List

Lancaster Estate

The 2014 Lancaster Estate Cab has been awarded one of the highest honors in the world of wine, a spot on the Wine Spectator 2017 Top 100 list, announced Monday. The ‘14 Cab, rated 94 points by the Wine Spectator, comes in at No. 86 on this year’s list.

Wine Spectator’s James Laube described it as…

“A big, rich Cabernet, with firm, structured tannins that are powerful and edgy, framing the core of blackberry, black cherry, plum and espresso flavors. An impressive effort. Best from 2019 through 2029. 4,075 cases made.”

When asked about the 2014 Vintage, Lancaster Estates Winemaker David Drake said, “I think it is just the perfect representation of what this property is capable of, in a good vintage, and apparently the ‘14 was a good vintage. The growing conditions were just ideal. It’s not what I did, it is what the property did, I just didn’t mess it up. We did all the same stuff we do every year, we didn’t do anything different. We did it the way we do everything.”

A veteran of Lancaster Estates for twenty years, no one knows what the terroir is capable of better than Drake. Fellow Foley Family Winemaker Steve Nelson (Chalk Hill Estate) has no problem parading his accolades. “I think David Drake is an incredible Winemaker, and he is definitely the most interesting man in the room,” said Nelson. “I think the 2014 is phenomenal. It walks that tightrope between power and elegance, which is the mark of a great cabernet. It’s really challenging to make a cabernet that has all that density, packed with tannin, color and flavor, and still have it come off smooth and seamless on the palate.”

Foley Family Wines Master Sommelier Robert Smith offered his take on the honor, telling Foley Food & Wine Society, “The 2014 Lancaster Estate is a reflection of the Estate. Beautiful, reserved, slightly tucked in, hidden and shy in the beginning; but somehow stands out when you give it some air. It is strikingly beautiful and strong, but profoundly elegant, and shows her true nature with expressive manner. David Drake understands and translates this natural approach to what Lancaster delivers from the land to the wine. This is a wine that everyone wants to get their hands on. It shows depth and concentration.”

This is the second time a Foley Family wine has been awarded a place on the Top 100 list. The 2005 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, which made an appearance in 2008 at No. 95, was the first.

Click here to buy your own case of the 2014 Lancaster Estate Cabernet today and take advantage of our special discounted shipping. For a limited time, only $10 shipping on orders of 1-11 bottles, 1¢ shipping on 12 bottles or more, when you buy direct from the Foley Food & Wine Society Exchange.

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Time Posted: Nov 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM