Nose

Highlights of crushed roses, blue flowers, anise and toasted oak round out this ethereal monster.

Palate

Blueberry jam, chocolate and sweet spices are some of the signatures, with very imposing tannins. Less of its usual raciness and voluptuousness compared to 2013 Signature

Growing Conditions

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