Yield: 1.5 tons per acre
Harvest: September 13th- October 6th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.5° Brix, 3.40 pH, 6.5 grams acidity
Cepage: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot
Barrel Regimen: French & American; 50% new; aged 24 months in barrel
Bottling: August 2016; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Fall 2018
2014 was probably the worst year of our recent drought. Only fourteen inches of rain fell that winter which was unprecedented. Concerned about dry-farming old vines with so little precipitation, we decided to prune way back to reduce the crop size; indeed the harvest was small, yet significant.
There is so much to say about our Cabernet: It is grown at elevation in a coastal mountain range; the vines are mature, planted in 1979 and 1984 from budwood sourced in the 1890’s from Chateaux Margaux; and the vines are low-yielding, averaging just above one ton per acre, allowing our terroir to express its highest level. Thirty and forty year-old bottles are still remarkably vibrant and fresh.
This 2014 Estate Cabernet is a masterpiece. William Kelley previously reporting for UK Magazine Decanter and now with the Wine Advocate summed it up best “A complex bouquet of wild berries, cassis, cigar box and mountain laurel prefaces a savoury, full-bodied wine with a three-dimensional, layered chassis of fine- grained tannin and a nicely reserved core with good depth and bright acidity. This dependably age-worthy cuvée can look forward to three decades of evolution in the cellar.”