Nose

Intriguing strawberry, sweet tobacco and beanilla vanilla aromatics.

Palate

Blackberry honey, puer tea and pomegranate flavors. A finish filled with ever evolving essence of burnt caramel and a red velvet texture.

Growing Conditions

Vintage 2014 is best remembered as the year of the big, Napa centered earthquake. This occurred in August, at a time most wineries are preparing to receive fruit if they haven’t already done so. Though wineries were impacted, the vineyards themselves suffered no damage. The months leading to harvest showed a drought tendency, with the 2013/14 season being one of the driest on record. Though rainfall was about half of normal, we received quite a bit of rain in February and March, enough to hold us over for the rest of the season. The warm Spring and dry summer resulted in smaller grapes, which typically means a higher degree in flavor concentration. Nature gave us an unexpected bounty in 2014, however another excellent vintage.

Winemaking

Calera clone. Fiv day cold maceration followed by 17 days of fermentation. A combination of daily pigeage and pumpovers during time on the skins maxing out at a fermentation temperature of 88°F. 23 days total vat time followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel.

Aging

Aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels.