If you follow trends, then you are probably drinking big heavy cabs this time of year – you know, winter time and all. Typically, with seasonal changes comes our preference in wines. RJV Cabernet Sauvignon was one of my recent choices for the this chilly season.

However, I should clarify; I drink all wines in all seasons. Thus, further substantiating my self-proclaimed title of wine enthusiast. Likely, you are already clear on that if you follow this blog, or my InstagramFacebook or Twitter feeds.

RJV Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Anyway, lets get back to the subject at hand; Robert John Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Firstly, let me just share a little background about the wine. 


The Vineyard

Founded in 2009 by renowned orthopedic shoulder surgeon, Robert J. Nowinski from Columbus, Ohio, RJV is located in Napa, California. The limited production boutique winery curates this particular 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from fruit sourced from the D’Ambrosio Vineyard in the Coombsville appellation. Patrick Saboe has been the winemaker at the vineyard since 2010.


The RJV Cabernet Sauvignon Label

According to a 2018 newsletter published by Gold Medal Wine Club, the label on the bottle is designed by Dr. Nowinski himself, “The gold bar has always been a symbol of excellence,” he explained. “Since my name is on the label, I wanted something that looked nice. The black on the label provides good contrast and makes the words stand out. The labeling on our reserve products is even more impressive. It’s all part of our marketing idea.”


About The Wine

RJV in glass

The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass and has a fair amount of legs. Weighty masses of dark chocolate, eucalyptus, and alluring tobacco flavors manifest quickly to take center stage. The lush dark lip-smacking fruit dances throughout, framed by granite-lined cassis, violets, and raspberry notes that linger way in the back. The finish is tannic. But, in the most enjoyable way, and it’s flavors anchor to the tongue creating lasting memories.

RJV wine color
RJV Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

In closing, I can definitely say this wine was delicious, but can use some time. I purchased a few bottles of this wine online at a deeply discounted price a while back. Unfortunately, it isn’t available anymore. But, when it was, the regular retail price was $90. Ouch! 

Would I have purchased this wine at the retail price? The answer is, “value” is very subjective. No matter what you pay for a bottle of wine if the experience with juice is as expected, it’s worth the cost. What would you be willing to spend for a fantastic bottle of wine?

Please keep in mind wine is subjective, and each palate has it’s own preference. I encourage you to explore and sip your way to what is pleasurable to your palate.

Hope you have enjoyed my bottle notes. Please leave a comment below.