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Sunshine Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Sunshine Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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About This Wine

Color: deep dark eggplant with purple on the rim

On the nose: explosion of nutmeg, sage and cedar with touches of black currant and cherry

On the palate: fresh entrance evolving on lush fruit with cherry, plum and boysenberry lingering on kirsch and tannins

Wine Profile

Blend: 
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes:
2014 was a dream vintage, with quality along the lines of 2012 and 2013.  Everything ripened in early- to mid-August, including Cabernet Sauvignon, which usually ripens much later.

Napa Valley's harvest was unusually early, not surprising given the state’s ongoing drought, which was so extreme that the cover crops in many vineyards never took hold. Substantial rain in late February and early March relieved most of the stress and set the vines up for a vigorous start. "Early" was the key word all season, from budbreak to veraison to harvest.

The vintage proved to be a balance between 2012 and 2013. We had some heat spikes that delayed the phenolic ripeness and forced us to push extraction quite hard. The ripeness was there, but the color and tannins really took time to come out. Our 2014 red wines are powerful but with great structure. Patience was the key to this vintage.

-Jean Hoefliger

Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Oak Knoll
Alcohol %
14.1