Palate

cassis, blackberry and dark chocolate, fresh herbs, plush tannins.

Growing Conditions

2014 is the third year of a trilogy of outstanding vintages in the Napa Valley and will also be remembered as the “earthquake” vintage as Napa experienced a 6.0 earthquake on August 24th that damaged many homes, businesses and wineries in the valley. Mother Nature blessed Tournesol vineyards with a consistently temperate growing season in 2014. The cool summer and moderate fall weather produced small berries with a beautiful balance of acidity and concentration of aromas and flavors.

Winemaking

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand-harvested in the pre-dawn hours of October 4th, under a near full moon. The fruit was immediately taken to the winery, de-stemmed into small, open-top vinification bins with an extended maceration of 36 days. Each bin received punch-down treatments by hand and was monitored daily by winemaker Ken Bernards. Once the wine completed fermentation, it was gently racked into new, thin-staved French oak barrels selected from an array of forests with various toast levels and aged for 22 months. Lush and balanced, this wine is stunning now but will only improve over the next several years.

Aging

22 months in new French oak