Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor
Plush and rich, this wine reveals superb concentration of the vintage. Opulent layers of wild raspberry, black cherry and juicy black plus character unfold with complex nuances of wild sage and bittersweet chocolate on the finish. The dusty tannins are full and round giving the wine a silky, smooth texture and mouthfeel, with a rich structure complementing the mouth filling flavors.

Tasting Notes

Deep and intense, our 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon reveals the superb concentration of the vintage. Opulent layers of blackberry, black cherry and juicy plum character unfold with complex nuances of violet and mocha. Ample, mature tannins provide firm structure and rich texture for the mouthfilling flavors. Nicely integrated hints of allspice, cinnamon, and caramel from toasted oak barrels lace the aromas and lingering finish. This big, generous Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable and delicious now, yet promises cellar worthiness.

Vintage Notes

Dry, early and shaking is how 2014 will be remembered in Napa Valley, yet it had a silver lining with small, concentrated berries and high quality. February’s rains helped to relieve three years of drought conditions. Although it was an early harvest, the grapes received long hang-time on the vine because budbreak also began early in the spring. Just as we began crushing, a dramatic 6.0 earthquake shook Napa Valley awake on August 24. Across all varieties, the grapes ripened with excellent acidity and rich, mature flavors at lower sugar levels, grapes were chosen from the upper half of Napa Valley, with a focus on our BV Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga ranches.

Vineyard Notes

We sourced the majority of the Cabernet from Napa Valley’s Rutherford, Calistoga and St. Helena appellations. The diverse soils and microclimates, as well as the various clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and cultivation techniques, contributed to this wine’s complex flavor profile. The balance of the blend was grown both in our estate vineyards and other quality vineyards of Napa Valley.

Winemaking Notes

After the grapes were destemmed and crushed, we fermented the must in stainless steel tanks until dry. We then pressed the wines and transferred them to toasted 60-gallon oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 15 months of aging. We blended several varieties with the Cabernet Sauvignon to add plushness to the wine’s mid-palate and finesse to the lingering finish, as well as to enhance the flavor and aroma profile.