As Purchased At Azur Winery,
Napa Valley, California
Tenuta Di Arceno
November 18, 2018
Recommended Drinking Window:
Napa Valley, California
Renowned wine maker Julien Fayard created the Empreinte brand focused on limited production from the best terroir within the vineyard. He didn’t disappoint with his 2014 Empreinte Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a big wine with boastful red fruit flavors including blackberry. Also shows hints of mint, black tea, tobacco, and a caramel-nutty flavor. Big tannins and decent acidity create good structure. The tannins felt a bit angular; however the smooth finish completed a genuinely very good wine.
Wine Maker’s Notes:
“Julien Fayard gained his knowledge and defined his core winemaking style from working at grand Chateaux in France such as Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte. In Napa Valley, he’s worked alongside renowned winemaker Philippe Melka. He has come to be a Napa Valley veteran after many years of working with some of the most highly acclaimed and sought after wines from the Napa Valley.
His philosophy is to produce wines that express pure, terroir-driven specificities and characteristics. He believes that as a winemaker, one doesn’t control the wine but rather wine style is the result of a combination of soil, climate and vineyard management.
Julien is an entrepreneur with an acute business savvy of the wine industry. He’s is completing his MBA from top ranking Davis University in Entrepreneurship and Business. He brings a dynamic background of quality wine production, business management, winery development and infrastructure.”
The Wine Web
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