Amulet | Napa Valley Red Wine 2014 / 750 ml.

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RP93+93+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Oct 2016
The 2014 Proprietary Red Amulet, a blend of the four main Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot – is an extremely well-made wine with lush, low-acid blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, sweet well-integrated tannin, full body and voluptuous texture. The wine is typical of most top 2014s in its approachability and deliciousness. Drink it over the next 12–15 years.

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

United States | California | Napa Valley

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RP93+ 93+ pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (28th Oct 2016)

The 2014 Proprietary Red Amulet, a blend of the four main Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot – is an extremely well-made wine with lush, low-acid blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, sweet well-integrated tannin, full body and voluptuous texture. The wine is typical of most top 2014s in its approachability and deliciousness. Drink it over the next 12–15 years.

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When it comes to US wine production, California is King. California wines account for almost 90% of all wines produced in the United States each year, and is home to the most celebrated vineyards and producers in the country. California is probably best known for its world-famous Cabernets and Chardonnays, many of which hail from its two most-acclaimed AVAs, Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Other prominent grapes used in California wines include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel (which California made popular).

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The United States now ranks fourth in the world in wine production behind, France, Italy, and Spain. While about 90% of that wine is produced in California, other states like Oregon, New York, and Washington are establishing themselves as prime spots for wine production, as well. Just about any variety of wine can be found in production somewhere in the United States.

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SKU 45496
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Amulet
Country United States
Region California
District Napa Valley
Product Location - Location-Appellation Napa Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 15.1%
Brand Amulet
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2014
Can it be Shipped Yes
Rating 93.01 pts
Premier Pick No
Wine Spectator Top 100 Year 6
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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