(95-97) Points

Harvest Date September 8 - 9

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; 7% whole cluster inclusion
• 5-day cold soak, 16 days total maceration
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
• Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers
• Aged 15 months in French Oak barrels; 65% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Damy, Remond
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016