ABOUT THIS WINE
The 2014 vintage was early and exciting. Record breaking dry weather marked the winter months. Warm spring temperatures led to earlier than normal budbreak. Drought conditions were relieved by storms in late February and early March, which coincided perfectly with vines coming out of dormancy. The remainder of the spring and summer were slightly hotter than normal with very few heat spikes and only three days with highs in the triple digits. This set the state for ideal ripening conditions and wonderful flavor development in the berries. The first of our Napa Valley fruit from our Soda Canyon Ranch vineyard arrived at the winery on August 28. Harvest continued at a moderate pace, and the last grapes were harvested on September 29. While mother nature made her voice heard with the continued drought, the 2014 vintage proved to be otherwise manageable with conditions rife for producing wines of exceptional quality.
Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.6% Merlot, 3.6% Cabernet Franc, 2.4% Petit Verdot, & .4% Malbec
94 POINTS - "The 2015 Napa Valley gushes forward with superb richness and persistence. This wine is packed with ripe fruit and pleasingly accented with oak. Aromatic aromas and flavors of ripe fruit, flowers, & oak." - Wilfred Wong
93 POINTS - "Seductive singed juniper, black tea and sassafras notes lead the way, with mulled blackberry, plum and black currant fruit following along. The fine-grained finish laces everything up with mouthwatering acidity and subtle grip. Drink now through 2031." - Wine Spectator
The 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep, rich red color with a purple rim. A robust wine with an assertive and alluring attack, it has notes of strawberry, cigar and tea leaves with a touch of black pepper and clove. A mouthwatering mid-palate of raspberry is followed by an expressive and bright finish. With lush and silky tannins, this ageworthy wine will show beautifully through 2038 given proper cellaring conditions.