Aromas of dark blackberry, wild berry patch and ripe plum are pronounced on the nose.
The 2014 Yates Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a densely colored and intensely flavored wine with the hallmark features of mountain fruit. Aromas of dark blackberry, wild berry patch and ripe plum are pronounced on the nose and ring true on the palate. The barrel notes of caramel toast add intrigue to the juicy fruit core. The hillside fruit is reflected in the intense flavor and significant yet ripe and well-integrated tannin structure. The wine is well-balanced with bright fruit, smooth tannins and good acidity.
2014 was a beautiful vintage for the Napa Valley along the lines of the recent outstanding vintages of 2012 and 2013. Although California’s continued drought brought another dry winter, the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer temperatures remained mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. The overall quality and expressive fruit characteristics make this an outstanding vintage.
After being hand harvested and hand sorted upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were fermented on the skins for 12-15 days. The wine was then gently pressed, racked and aged for 19 months in 100% French oak (92% new). Winemaker Harry Hansen made just 12 barrels of this fine and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon.
19 months in 100% French oak (92% new).