A series of warm days and cool nights pushed Napa Valley’s vintners and growers across the annual harvest finish line by the third week of October. This year’s harvest will go down as one of the earliest ever in Napa Valley and it will also be noted for near-perfect weather throughout the growing season, resulting in a fairly abundant and very high-quality crop. In spite of the drought, vintners are using words like, “quality,” “depth of flavor” and “excellent” to describe their expectations for the 2014 vintage. Many are also using “good fortune” among the blessings they are counting in a season where Mother Nature threw a curveball.
Ripe dark cherry, plum and herb aromas with dry acidity and slow approaching tannins. Hints of cola, oregano and freshly cracked peppercorns with a tantalizing plum and smoky finish.
95 points from jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, 5/5/17
100% Mt George Vineyard
September 21 and 30, 2014
21 days of skin contact
19.5 months barrel age
40% new oak
New oak profile: 100% French
Overall oak profile: 91% French, 9% American
5.80 g/L TA
Bottled August 2016