Proprietary Red Napa Valley 1.5L 2014
About This Wine
On the nose: beautiful notes of toasted brioche, granite, dark cherries with licorice, violets, paprika
On the palate: soft but balanced entrance evolving on a tannic frame with touches of cherry, plum lingering on crème de cassis
Blend: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Balanced and elegant wines are the hallmarks of the 2014 vintage, a rock star crop similar to 2012 in terms of the characteristics. The weather was near perfect, and, for the first time, there was no effect of the drought on the vines which by now were accustomed to the dry spring. Harvest began early and by mid-August even the Cabernet Sauvignon had ripened, thus protecting the acidity of the wines.
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.