Nose

Our 2014 Cabernet offers a cascade of forward and inviting aromas of dried herb, classic cassis, sweet vanilla, floral notes and even a hint of cardamom.

Palate

Quite approachable, it dances on the palate with ripe moderate tannins and good acidity. The plum/cherry flavors remain refreshing, vibrant, and focused, never weighty. It is a wonderful counterpart to the more brooding 2013 vintage, and a testament to our belief that wine should be delicious!

Growing Conditions

We were rewarded with another outstanding vintage in 2014—in fact I just checked my notes and my comment on the final day of harvest, “sensational!” Sunshine and a warm dry spring gave way to mild and ideal growing conditions throughout the summer. An uneventful growing season without extremes is always welcome. Vineyards: Taplin Road—St. Helena, Howell Mountain, Stewart—Carneros

Harvest

Harvest began early and finished early, avoiding the potentially cool and rainy autumn conditions.

Bottling

Bottling Date: May 4, 2016

Winemaking

Fermentation: 7 days average, up to 82º Maceration: 15 days average

Aging

19 months in 100% French Oak, 60% new.

Appearance

Dark ruby in color.