2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
We had a cold, dry Winter (our rainfall was half of normal) and warm Spring temperatures which led to an early budbreak. We anticipated an early harvest, but moderate Summer temperatures, specifically a cooling trend in August, allowed the grapes to mature slowly. Harvest began on October 8.
To produce this wine, we first sorted the fruit (to eliminate leaves and stems), then fermented the juice with its skins to extract both color and flavor. CO2 gas (a by-product of fermentation) bubbled up through the skins causing them to float to the top and form the “cap”. To ensure thorough color and flavor extraction, we pumped juice from the bottom of the tank and sprinkled it over the cap throughout fermentation.
Following the Bordeaux tradition of extended maceration, the wine remained with its skins for another two weeks to soften the young tannins. We then drained the wine, pressed the skins and moved the Cabernet into our caves where it was aged in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels. During its first Winter, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation which lowered its acidity and added richness to the palate. In its second year, this Cabernet was aged in both oak barrels and oak tanks. After many blending trials, we decided to add 1% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec to the 2014 Cabernet to increase the wine’s depth and length. When bottled in August 2016.
Youthful and fruit forward, the 2014 Cabernet opens with rich fruit aromas of blackberries, cassis and black cherries. Lively and bright on the palate, it has notes of mint, vanilla toastiness, beef tartare and sweet chocolate. Its supple mouthfeel and long, chewy finish add depth and complexity to the wine. At five years of age, the 2014 is young in comparison to its predecessors, but it has the structure and richness to age well for at least twelve years.
24.3° Brix sugar
0.64 g/100 mls acidity
0.60 g/100 mls acidity