About the Wine
Steve Brady is the passionate founder and owner of On Q Wines. This cult-status winery is located in the heart of Napa Valley's Coombsville sub-appellation, where this ultra-premium and extremely limited wine is carefully crafted from only the finest grapes. This is true luxury in a bottle.
Growing up in Napa Valley, Steve developed a deep appreciation for the region's rich winemaking history. His love for wine and music soon became intertwined, as he discovered that the creation of both required impeccable timing. Since he was a child, Steve has played the trumpet. The name “On Q” perfectly portrays his love for this instrument. A cue is a gesture by a conductor signaling musicians that it is time to begin a piece. Steve says, “In wine, music, and life, timing is everything”.
Steve combines his artistic side with attention to detail to produce wines of unparalleled quality and sophistication. From his first vineyard planted in 2003, Steve's three daughters have been instrumental in his winemaking endeavors, and the family's dedication shows in every bottle. In 2010, Steve launched On Q Wines, and since the first vintage, he received glowing reviews and high scores, and today, these high scores and praises haven’t stopped.
This is a true garage wine from Napa crafted by legendary winemaker Julien Fayard, On Q’s consultant. Julien Fayard is a very well-known man in the wine industry. His expertise includes working in some of the most admired brands in the world like Château Lafite Rothschild, Quintessa, and Atelier Melka.
On top of it all, 2014 was a great vintage for Napa Valley. This year was awarded 95 points by Wine Spectator, who said that "Quality is very consistent, with the wines showing power and depth, as well as extra aromatic range. A beautiful vintage with a distinct signature."
Aging: 30 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. Incredibly opaque, dark purple core with hints of magenta and ruby on the rim. Aromas of blackcurrant liqueur, blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, and violets over complex secondary notes of cacao, tobacco, bean, and exotic baking spices. The full-bodied palate is layered with dense, captivating flavors that mirror the nose with lush black and blue fruit, chocolate, a touch of tobacco, and beautifully integrated exotic spices from new French oak.
Composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Apassionata has an inky purple-black color and conjures notions of crème de cassis, chocolate box, and aniseed with hints of chargrilled meat, fertile earth, and menthol. Full-bodied and full-on opulent in the mouth, it features seductively rich, ripe fruit with a solid frame and a long, expressive finish. ~94+ Robert Parker
A tight and tannic wine with currant and berry character. Full body, chewy and polished. Fresh finish. Shows more structure than 2013. Drink in 2020. ~92 James Suckling
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