Nose

It offers dense aromatics of MULBERRY, dark chocolate, blackberry and tobacco that literally SPRING from the glass – reminiscent of the vintage two years prior.

Palate

SUNSHINE defined all three of these vintages and we hope you can taste that radiant joy in this RICH and resonant wine. Cellar for at least one year after receipt and decant for at least 3 hours when young. This wine will age beautifully for at least 25 years.

Growing Conditions

In transforming our estate-grown grapes to Ovid wine, we take meticulous care in every step, blending classical and modern methods in farming and winemaking. Planted in 2000, our 15 acre organically farmed and CCOF-certified vineyard is divided into one acre blocks, each with a different rootstock and clone combination of Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Each year, from small lots of fruit grown in the red rocky soil of our vineyard on Pritchard Hill, we choose just the best barrels and blend them together to create the new vintage of Ovid Napa Valley. Ovid is a blend of the four Bordeaux varietals grown here: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, varying in proportion from year to year but always eloquently conveying this special place. 2014 was the third consecutive year of DROUGHT in Napa Valley. We received almost no rain in all of 2013 and LITTLE RAIN in 2014 until the storms in February. They provided a bit of respite and relief but were immediately followed by unusually WARM temperatures that ushered in an early bud break. A warm, dry growing season followed until August, when temperatures rose just a bit – a HARBINGER of good things to come. The resulting 2014 Ovid Napa Valley wine shares many characteristics with OVID wines from the previous two DROUGHT VINTAGES. It is a wine possessing both the PROFOUND HEFT and tremendous focus of the 2013 vintage.

Harvest

Harvest began early and went quickly. Ours started on September 4th and ended in an exuberant flurry on the 24th, just a day before a locally heavy rain and hailstorm.

Winemaking

Our gravity flow winemaking process uses traditional and modern methods, including built-in-place concrete and pre-cast concrete fermenters, all with state-of-the-art controls. The winery itself is classically proportioned and built of timeless materials — wood, stone and concrete, interleaved with modern windows, hatches and skylights – and powered by solar energy.