97pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As for the 2014s, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Slope from the Hidden Ridge vineyard does not suffer in comparison with the extraordinary efforts of 2013. Still a barrel sample, its riveting richness, concentration, texture and density represent another legend in the making. Crème de cassis, licorice, blackberry, earthiness and spice are all present in this magnificent example of Cabernet Sauvignon that should age beautifully for 25-30+ years. Barrel Sample: 95-97
93pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2014 Slope checks in as a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot and it spent 27 months in 75% new French oak. It has a rich, opulent style as well as lifted notes of currants, plums, violets, tobacco, and forest floor. It's deep, full-bodied, has beautiful purity, and a rounded, lush, yet quintessential Sonoma minerality and freshness. This is another layered, hedonistic wine that will keep for 15-20 years.
We believe our vineyard site is incomparable. We also believe our Cabernets invite comparison with the best. Robert Parker gave the 2014 Slope a score of 95-97+ points, which has earned it a place at the absolute apex of the 2014 California Cabernets, alongside Screaming Eagle (97 points, $2499), Bryant Family (97+ points, $700), and Bond (97 points, $849). Showing beautiful blackberry, toast, brown sugar, cassis, and complex herbs and baking spices, the 2014 Slope is an august cuvée that miraculously manages to contain the magic of our special Spring Mountain site in one bottle. The wine is dense, ripe and powerful, an effusive vortex of blackberry, toast, brown sugar, allspice, cassis, dark chocolate, earl grey tea, mint, anise, sugar cookie, chai, and tarragon. The palate is massive, but the fruit is sweet, supple and creamy.
The 2014 Immortal Slope represents the many aspects, elevations and exposures of the remarkable hillside site. Individual lots from across the property were selected and blended to produce this august cuvée. The wine is dense, ripe and powerful, an effusive vortex of blackberry, toast, brown sugar, allspice, cassis, dark chocolate, earl grey tea, mint, anise, sugar cookie, chai, and tarragon. The palate is massive, but fruit sweet, supple and creamy. It is an experience that will bring you to the mountain, for there is no other place like this..