This wine displays expressive aromas of dark black and blue berries, cassis, mocha and hints of sweet toasted vanilla oak and spice tones.
On the palate the wine is richly textured, wonderfully balanced from front to back with dark ripe flavors, full body, and robust tannins. It has a long, lingering finish with a rich texture and slight grip that will help this wine age gracefully for 20 or more years.
2014 was another wonderful wine-growing season in Napa Valley, a true classic. A wet February gave way to a characteristically dry spring. Except for slight heat spikes in June and then again in July, the weather remained consistent throughout the growing season. The accumulation of heat during the summer led to a slightly early harvest. The sunny weather through to October allowed the grapes still to develop more phenolic and flavor maturities with sugar levels remaining steady. The 2014 vintage, repeated many of the blessings that came in the 2012 and 2013 vintages with the deeply colored and velvety grape skins, brown seeds, fully ripened grape tannins, and a wonderful natural balance of brix and acidity.
Aged 26 Months in 50% new French Oak Barrels