Red

2014 Tusk Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 14

  • BROpus One Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 27, 2021 - Decanted for 8+ hours. Very fragrant and soft after a long decant and excellent with dinner. This was my first experience with Tusk and I expected it to be over the top, but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't. I think these bottles will be much better in 5-10 years (for my taste preference) but it drinks well now with air.

  • MJP Hou TX Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 17, 2020 - I've been blindly buying Tusk since the 14 vintage. I'm guilty of buying labels in my early going and I'm trying to refine my purchases now that I have a sense of what I like.

    14 Tusk is a GREAT wine if you like the Melka silky, plush and polished. Lots of fruit with a long finish. I did like it best on day 3.
    For the price I'm not blown away... today. I've had other Melka wines that I truly enjoyed more. 12 J.Daniel to name one. For my palate this will be something I will need revisit years from now. Hold 94+.

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  • Ecbatana Does not like this wine: 88 points

    September 27, 2020 - Perplexed by the fascination and allure of this property, whose intent is creating a "lifestyle luxury brand" first and a wine second (though prepared to be amazed). Tawdry and manufactured, this Tusk on this night came across as a Frankenstein of over-extracted components riveted together. An unintegrated Dole fruit cup of syrupy wild berries, damn near tasted fortified. Calling it a dumb phase is a hard sell, more like Asperger's. Were all its adoring fans duped by the marketing or did I just have a bad bottle, dunno. Have affection for Napa cabs, though tend not to gravitate toward Philippe Melka projects, this reminds me why. The value is in the bottle and not its contents. Caveat emptor. A generous 88.

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  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 25, 2019 - What Csimm said although it opens up muted and tight. Open and give it air. Agree 2012 was a more elegant (not the right word but compared to 2014 works) than the 2014. Great wines- as good as other $500+ wines, jury is still out. Will hold my final opinion until then. Preferred 2014 to 2012. 2013 over both.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 98 points

    September 14, 2019 - Tusk vertical - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Seven Hills restaurant, SF + Tusk party - with Cristal2000): Opulence is the word of the day here folks. Expressive and fruit-forward, the 2014 washes over the palate with velvety, lush black berry fruit. The hallmark slice of red fruit interjects briefly, but is almost immediately washed-over by the prevailing black core. Mid-palate is a gushing of more fruit and dark chocolate notes, completely enveloping the palate and providing a hedonistic, chewy texture that bulldozes the heaping core toward its ultimate crescendo. Finishes lavishly long, with a sultry, saliva-saturated mouthfeel that lasts for over a minute.

    This 2014 is the most sumptuous and extravagant of the bunch. It had a similar profile as the 2012, but had MUCH more of EVERYTHING, with the volume turned up to 11. Next to the 2014, the 2012 seemed soft and almost flat at times. The “I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it” 2014 was bested only by the more chiseled and focused 2015, which held a bit more sophistication than the more party-ready 2014.

    For my palate, the 2014 is firing off right now. The celebration is in full swing, the cops haven’t been called yet, and someone brought a shaved goat and threw it in the punchbowl…..yah, it’s that kind of party….

    Drink now and over the next 5+ years.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tusk Estates
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
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  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 609 (55%)
  • Consumed 492 (45%)

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