The 2014 vintage was ideal with exceptional growing conditions throughout the season. In early September, a surging heat spike boosted both sugars and flavors into an exquisite red and black fruit zone. This fruit zone built fragrant aromas of black cherry, ripe raspberry, melted milk chocolate, and clove. Elegantly structured, this wine boasts smooth tannins that glide across the palate. The wine finishes with flavors of blackberry compote, coco nibs, and bright red fruits. The 2014 vintage has an elegance and roundness to it which makes it ideal for drinking now or cellaring for 5-7 years.
90 points Wine Advocate
The cade Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley is a mélange of some of Napa’s most renowned vineyards: Kenefick Ranch Vineyards in Calistoga, Hanson-Hsieh Vineyard in Oak Knoll, and Komes Ranch in St. Helena.
The wine received 18 months barrel aging in 100% French Oak (64% new). Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel immediately after primary fermentation. The wine was racked quarterly once malolactic fermentation was complete.
We use several different coopers including Seguin Moreau, Gamba, Boutes, Allary, Taransaud, Quintessence, Atelier, Tonnellerie de Jarnac, Giraud, Mercier, and Tonnellerie O. Of these coopers we are sourcing the oak from several different forests as well as using a combination of Medium-Plus and Medium-Long toasting levels.
Wine was bottled on May 9th, 2016
Production: 62 Barrels
Varietals: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec