Nose

Deep, dark and cool with classic varietal cassis with inky ripe fruits, charcoal, aniseed, mint and rolled tobacco. Plush rich and intense with a freshness and clarity of fruit.

Palate

Fine graphite like tannins provide a distinct backbone to the complex and vibrant black fruit characters. Long fine elegant and intense.

Growing Conditions

Our Mount Veeder property was first purchased and planted to Champagne varietals in the early 1980’s. Over the last 20 years the majority of the property has been replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is situated in the Mayacamas Mountains on the Western edge of the Napa Valley on steep southern aspects at altitudes between 750-1250 feet. The altitude and close proximity to the cooling influence from San Pablo bay produce the longest growing season of all the Napa Valley Sub Regions. The soil is of sedimentary origin and very well drained capturing the minerality and vibrancy of Cabernet Sauvignon most accurately with wines characterized by a most intense black currant fruit and firm sinewy graphite structures. The drought that has impacted much of California from 2012 continued to keep rainfall levels below 50% of average and maintained growing season heat summation above average for the harvest. The warm and dry conditions promoted excellent quality and when combined with above average yields the potential of the 2014 vintage is outstanding across all varieties. A wine which will reveal itself slowly over time and benefit those who can resist the temptation. A wine that can be kept for the next generation.

Harvest

Harvest Dates: October 8 - 11, 2014

Winemaking

The 2014 Mount Veeder was a selection of blocks 203, 209, 212, 231, 240 with an average vine age of 17 years. Once harvested, the grapes were hand-sorted to inspect individual berries. The must was then fermented in separate lots and barrel aged for 12 months before being blended and returned to barrel for further maturation.