2014 Clouds Rest Cabernet Sauvignon Égoïste Reserve

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
Drink between 2020 - 2028 (Edit)
CT79 3 reviews
Label borrowed from 2008
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Community Tasting Notes 2

  • JLuch1 Does not like this wine:

    November 17, 2020 - Decanted for an hour before dinner

    Nose was on the red fruit side mixed in with medicinal notes. Palate was dominated by tart cherry/raspberry that finished with astringency and alcohol.

    Recognizing that I am unfamiliar with the style of the house, I kept half of the bottle for the second day, which was more of the same.

    On the third day, there was more bright red fruit and the harshness had faded. It was best at this point. If scoring, somewhere upper 80s on day 3 only.

    The wife and I have been tasting through plenty of wine in recent months with all the restrictions/concerns surrounding Covid. This was the first time I have had a wine behave quite like this. Usually when wines improve on day 2 or 3, they at least indicate they are well made or have nice qualities even on day 1. Unfortunately, I cannot say I enjoyed this wine on days 1 and 2. Even on day 3 it was still mediocre. This is a pass for me.

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  • gsomers Does not like this wine: 70 points

    November 15, 2020 - Nose had a chemical note, not nearly the pleasant nose one would associate with a Napa Cab. Overall taste was smooth but with a chemical taste lingering finish. Perhaps unfair since we had a superb Cab the night before and a much better one prior to this. Suffice to say, won't be out looking for Cloud's Rest in the future.

    Update - I tried the wine again on the second day, but it was more of the same. This wine sat corked for almost a week and I tried it again. The nose was very pleasantly fruit forward. Amazingly, the taste lost any of the chemical taste from a week ago. It was fruity and actually quite pleasant. I've never heard of a wine being miles ahead in taste and aroma a week after opening. All that said, we'll stick to our original conclusion that this wine was not for us. I'm just pleased to not have to dump it down the drain.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer Clouds Rest
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Égoïste Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 75 (78%)
  • Consumed 21 (22%)

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