About This Wine
Color: deep, dark black ink with hints of ruby on the rim
On the nose: powerful expression of cedar, black currant, violet and blackberry with touches of clove and cumin lingering on minerality
On the palate: soft, velvety entrance with touches of dark cherry, blueberry and clay finishing on thyme and pie filling
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
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. 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. ERA 2014 is powerful but with great structure. The acidity level is high and supports the great extraction of a warm, dry vintage providing gigantic density and fruitiness.
– Jean Hoefliger