Varietal Content: 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon; Cooperage: 100% French oak, 50% New, 50% Neutral
Intense aromas of bright cherry, strawberry and plum explode from the glass followed by subtler notes of leather, licorice, vanilla and tea leaves. The bright red fruit continues on the elegant palate, where ripe berry flavors and hints of chocolate, rose petal and anise are framed by dusty tannins that accentuate a long, lingering finish.
Here in Napa Valley, the 2014 growing season delivered our third exceptional vintage in a row, yielding wines with ideal concentration, elegant tannins and lovely varietal flavors. Though the 2013/2014 winter was one of the driest on record, heavy rains in February and March provided the vines much-needed moisture at just the right time. A warm spring triggered an early budbreak, and perfect weather throughout the summer allowed the grapes to achieve ideal ripeness with pure, focused flavors and resolved tannins. Harvest began on August 5th and ended on October 15th, and though it was quite compact, we were able to pick all of our grapes based solely on flavor, resulting in another fantastic vintage.