Nose

The wine opens with dark, briary aromas of black currants and mulberries laced with aniseed and hints of violet.

Palate

The palate is well proportioned with plush, juicy flavors. Dense, chocolaty tannins provide the framework for a persistent finish.

Growing Conditions

Grapes for our 2014 Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested and blended from our three Napa Valley vineyards located within the Spring Mountain, Mt. Veeder and Yountville appellations. 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 promotes excellent quality and when combined with above average yields the potential of the 2014 vintage is outstanding across all varieties. The solid structure of this wine will allow it to age for 15 to 20 years.

Harvest

Harvest dates: September 14 - October 11, 2014

Winemaking

Once harvested, our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were sorted using an optical sorter that inspects individual berries to ensure uniform, perfect ripeness. The must then underwent five days of a cold maceration followed by seven days of fermentation. The wine then rested on the skins for up to one month to develop additional complexity before being pressed.

Aging

Aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, 30 percent of which was new.

Food Pairing

A true Napa Valley Cabernet, this wine is a great match with grilled lamb chops, a tri-tip steak rubbed with rosemary and freshly ground pepper or venison served with pan sauce.