A promising nose of blackberry and cassis, licorice, forest floor and earth.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve wine hits the palate with a supple, ripe integrated tannic framework, intense black fruits, full body and a long finish.
2014 was a dream vintage, with quality along the lines of 2012 and 2013. However, drought conditions and small crop size did prove to be minor irritants. Napa Valley's harvest was unusually early this year due to the drought. Summer weather was perfect for the grapes. We didn’t see any extremes or surprises—no 100° F days, no humidity trouble to speak of, no sunburn. We enjoyed a lot of days in the 90s, with somewhat warmer nights than the year previous, more often in the 60s than the 50s. Everything just rocked along beautifully.