100 Points

(98-100) Points

Harvest Date October 4th

Harvest Brix 25.8

Growing Season 2014 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.

Winemaking

Hand-harvested, picked at night
Hand-sorted while still cold from the field
Fermented in small, closed top, stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
6-day cold soak, 30 days total maceration
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
Gentle pumpovers and delestage
Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new
Coopers: Taransaud, Darnajou, Radoux, Baron, Sylvain
Varietal Composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2016