2014 Artistry

Napa Valley
Aromatics of vanilla bean, nutmeg and rich cigar box.

$60.00
Qty
Wine Type
Red
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2014
Appellation
Napa Valley
Varietal
Red Wine Blend
Alcohol content
14.9%
Case Production
1976
Winemaker Name
Glenn Hugo
Release Type
Current

Vintage Notes
In spite of the drought and the South Napa earthquake, we consider the 2014 vintage in Napa Valley a recent favorite vintage of high quality with depth of flavor and excellent character. Even with drought concerns the weather was near perfect and we were fortunate to have a decent size crop. Mountain fruit specifically came in at an even pace and with well developed fruit character and bright acidity.

Vineyard Notes
We source Cabernet Sauvignon for this blend from St. Helena, Oakville, Diamond Mountain and Pope Valley, areas offering dark fruit and well-integrated tannins. Merlot from Yountville and Rutherford lend lush fruit components while our primary sources for Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from Pope Valley allow for longer hang time. Our Petit Verdot tends to be our last fruit brought in, allowing for complex character and tannin development while the Yountville Malbec adds mid-palate weight and juiciness. These grapes come from both hillside and valley floor vineyards, providing rich texture, balance and integrated tannins. Every year, this blend is perfected to showcase the very best of the harvest.

Tasting Notes
Our 2014 Artistry blend showcases aromatics of black, red and blue fruit notes with hints of leather, cedar and spice which add an earthy character. The palate is bursting with blackberry, currant, raspberry and blueberry layered with a variety of spices like nutmeg, peppercorn and cinnamon. Mocha powder and vanilla accent the tannins, and the wine boasts a long finish showcasing the very best the 2014 vintage had to offer.

Composition

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 11% Malbec & 7% Petit Verdot

90pts – 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition

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