2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Nose: The nose is classic Napa Valley, filled with juicy blackberries, rich cocoa, and cassis. After a few moments, dried cherry and a touch of tobacco come into focus along with some wispy notes of fresh violets.
Palate: Density and concentration sum up the palate nicely as tight-grained tannin is interwoven among layers of fresh raspberry, mint, and hazelnut. These slowly transition to a subtle richness of molasses and fig that’s almost chewy enough to sink your teeth into.
Finish: The finish is seamless and complementary to the palate with strawberry jam, Earl Grey tea, and bright, refreshing acidity that should pair equally well with light fare or hardy cuisine.
The weather in 2014 couldn’t have been better. With persistent questions of long-term drought lingering, the mild, cool spring that materialized eased those concerns as the growing season stretched into a moderately warm, pleasant summer. The textbook conditions allowed the vines to set a bumper crop. But with careful canopy management and an eye on the forecast, we had the luxury of thinning as needed to yield optimal ripeness as harvest began in late August and continued steadily into October.