The 2014 vintage is another great vintage for Amici. It was also the year marked as the final vintage of original Amici winemaker Joel Aiken. Joel made his name famous by starting his 27-year run as winemaker at historic BV at the age of 28. Amici, scoring him to create their original wines and build their name, was a huge deal and a key to their future success.
Another great note about this vintage is that it also marks the first wines to be touched by current winemaker Tony Biagi. Tony has pushed Amici to new heights and to become one of the most highly respected wineries in Napa. Their single vineyard cabs are regularly receiving 96+ point scores from Napa’s harshest critics, with 2016 Missouri Hopper receiving 99pts while still in barrel. Tony is one of the most sought-after winemakers in Napa. He made his bones at Plumpjack and is the reason you know that name. He created the brand Cade and it’s legendary 100 point wines. He transformed Hourglass into the classy producer it is now, and his touch on Amici is golden as well. Starting in 2014 and into 2015, the wines have never been better. You can feel his style taking over in this 2014 vintage.
Tony is a whole bunch of fun. Tasting single vineyard Chards with him and Jesse Fox was a highlight for me on our trip to Napa/Sonoma.
FACT: Tony is my fav winemaker of Cab in Napa.
THE LOVE: This is some classic example of next level, upper tier Napa Cab.
BLEND: 90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 percent Cabernet Franc, 2 percent Petit Verdot
It is also a blend of some the most coveted vineyards in all of Napa. Some of the highest price per ton fruit in Napa comes from the Beckstoffer family and is part of the blend of this wine.
EYE: Dark concentrated ruby red
NOSE: Living, dark red fruits, sweet pipe tobacco, floral, coco powder
MOUTH: Rich and soft, yet bright, luscious red and black fruit, more tobacco, touch of potting soil, fresh savory spice, polished tannin
Full bodied (feels lighter though) med/med + acid, med + tannin
You can feel the blend of Joel Aiken and Tony in the tannin. That easy, going polished style of Joel/BV and starting towards that grip that Tony adds to his wines from 100 percent new French oak, with a minimum of Med + toast.
Very delicious wine. Its price point is a step-up but it truly steps up from wines that tend to sit in that $100 range on our menu. A wine that really earns its RESERVE title.