This wine has a vibrant nose of fresh rose petals, exotic tropical fruits, and orange marmalade which are immediately apparent upon pouring the wine. On the palate, notes […]Read More
This wine has a vibrant nose of fresh rose petals, exotic tropical fruits, and orange marmalade which are immediately apparent upon pouring the wine. On the palate, notes of Mirabelle plum, yellow apple, and marzipan mix with the beautifully integrated oak tones of nutmeg, allspice and vanilla. Hints of talcum powder join the fruit notes and add depth to this highly expressive wine. At first sip, the wine seems almost honeyed but the palate fans out with an incredible focus of acidity. Flavors of plum and lychee nut mingle with baking spices that meld into the signature crushed rock profile on the finish. Given the chance we’d cellar this wine, however summer stone fruit cobbler, almond torte, or strawberry shortcake would be reason enough to open early. A wonderful conclusion to any meal!
Continuing the string of great vintages, 2014 completes the trifecta of extremely high quality growing seasons. The 2014s exhibit a great purity of place, with generous fruit and elegant textures. The 2014 growing season started out as one of the driest winters on record with only 40% of normal rainfall by mid-season. Due to the extremely dry conditions over the winter months, many of the vineyards were irrigated in December and January to ensure the vines had enough moisture, effectively mimicking winter rainfall. It was another early bud break season; almost 14 days earlier than “normal.” When rain in early April finally appeared it helped replenish the soil’s moisture profile to re-invigorate the plants and boost growth. May brought flowering, as expected, and fruit set was bountiful overall for a third straight year. The harvest season was near perfect with warm temperatures, which allowed for a leisurely picking schedule. 2014 was a wonderful growing season that has yielded another fine set of wines that speak of the place. In short, 2014 is another superb vintage of compelling nature and should allow for long-range cellaring for those to choose to age their wines for 7- 10 years.