Dark black-red in color, this wine has aromas of semisweet chocolate, bing cherry, mocha, dark chocolate silk pie, kirsch liquor, and bacon fat. The palate is soft and velvety, with flavors of rich red fruit, black cherry, and smoky char intertwined with vanilla on the finish. Cellar for up to 10 years. Winery Exclusive
HARVEST & WINEMAKING
Harvest 2014 started with the scare of drought. Luckily, some perfectly timed spring rain helped develop nice vineyard canopies. Likely due to the dry winter, we had an early bloom and an even earlier ripening than 2013. Not only that, we had one of the largest earthquakes in decades rock the valley on the eve of harvest. Undeterred, but with many vintners picking up the pieces of broken barrels and spilled wine, harvest 2014 charged on with perfect, mild weather through the end of the growing season. This led to high quality grapes and even higher quality wine which we are delighted to share with you.
These grapes come from the Healy Ranch, in the western part of the town of St. Helena. This Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested September 26, 2014, at 26.8 Brix. There are three clones on this property: 191, 337, and a clone known as Spottswoode.