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Each lot was fermented and aged separately for 10 months before blending, with barrel aging for a total of 18 months.
8 individual fermentations, using a mix of open- and closed-top tanks. The closed-top tanks added to palate texture, open-top tanks retained fruit intensity. Racked to 40% new French oak and underwent native malolactic fermentation.
2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
With its layers of crème de cassis, black cherry, olive tapenade, violets and moist earth, there is a lovely classic quality to this Cabernet. On the palate, firm tannins and an inviting freshness frame the dark berry flavors beautifully, with more savory and herbal hints adding nuance and intrigue.
The fruit for this Cabernet emphasizes three clones, from seven separate blocks, with vines ranging in age from approximately 10 to more than 25 years old. From the river benchland we use our clone 337 for its fruit-forward black cherry flavors. Hillside clone 7 fruit adds floral layers and classic Cabernet cassis and cherry elements. Our oldest plantings, a field selection from the Belle Terre Vineyard, provide tannic concentration and blue fruit notes. The final wine reflects the diversity of our vineyard.
In 2014, a very mild winter and spring resulted in early budbreak and bloom. While drought conditions continued in 2014, some extremely well-timed spring rains helped achieve a good moisture profile in our estate soils, and contributed to exceptional quality fruit. While everything happened earlier in 2014, a good size crop slowed the overall pace of ripening, ultimately providing approximately the same amount of hangtime as a normal year, but with the fruit coming into the winery well in advance of any fall rains.