Our 2014 starts with toffee, coffee and milk chocolate punctuated with black pepper and tobacco.
Ripe berry flavors reminisce of summer afternoons spent picking wild fruit in hopes of delicious treats to come. Rich and lush, the tannins hold power but turn velvety with a bit of black pepper on the finish.
Each year our winemakers select the vineyards together in order to create blends which highlight the foods their family and friends enjoy daily. In 2014, our Merlot and Syrah provide velvety texture while Syrah additionally layers in deep smoky notes. The Petite Sirah adds juicy, blackberry jam and Cabernet is all backbone filled in with aromatics of Zinfandel’s tobacco spice followed with a bright lift from the Charbono. The 2014 vintage in Napa Valley celebrated a near-perfect growing season despite less than receiving less than half the normal rainfall. Late spring rains were well-timed, arriving after budbreak, allowing for even flowering, fruit set and helped power the vines throughout the season. However the third year of continued drought had yields on our red grapes difficult to estimate accurately.
Bottled May 2016
9 Days Skin Contact; 100% Stainless Steel Fermentation
12 Months Barrel Aged; 29% New Oak