Yield: 2 tons per acre
Harvest: September 8th-October 3rd
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.7° Brix, 3.40 pH, 6.0 grams acidity
Cepage: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Barrel Regimen: French 50%- 2-5 years old; American 50%- 2-5 years old
Bottling: July 2016; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Spring 2018
A pure expression of our footprint, the mid-appellation of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this wine consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 % Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. All of the wines were fermented on their native yeasts and barrel-aged twenty-two months, with no fining, no filtration prior to bottling. The Sauvage of the Cabernet Sauvignon is tamed by the other varieties. This is the beauty of blending when crafting wine in the Bordeaux tradition: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
2014 was a challenging vintage, being in the midst of a multi-year drought. Rainfall was at an historic low and we severely reduced the crop during the winter pruning. An early harvest ensued in September. Because of the small crop, the wine has incredible richness and persistence. I am reluctant to admit that small harvests are always better, but after thirty-seven years of winemaking, it seems to be true in 2014.