2014 Portfolio, Limited Edition
The 2014 started with a worrisome drought-like conditions (one of the driest on record in California). But rain came in February and March providing enough water to sustain a healthy canopy during the growing season. Warm spring pushed the bud break on the early side. We had mild and dry conditions throughout the year allowing the maturity of the grapes to evolve in a steady pace. Following a near-perfect summer harvest started early. The grapes reflected an ideal balance between freshness and concentration.
The 2014 Portfolio Limited Edition exudes intricate aromas of fragrant violet and red roses with black currant and blackberry. The complexity, power and sophistication of the mouthfeel offers a velvety texture with fine grain tannins that build to a luxurious long, vibrant fresh finish with a touch of sweet dark cherry, concentrated blackberry and a savory, earthy toasty nutty oak. It is all about harmony and balance. The wine will cellar well for many decades.
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%
Fruit Sources: Hendry Ranch block 8 and Detert East
Age of Vines: CS 40 years and CF 35 years
Date of Harvest: September 11th and October 4th
Fermentation: Fermented in 1-ton bin
Winemaking: Natural gravity flow, no fining, no filtration
Skin Contact: 31 days
Malolactic Fermentation: In barrel
Barrel Aging: 30 months in 100% New French Oak
Production: 200 cases