As might be expected from a rather warm vintage such as 2014, the resulting wine is elegant but still structured with generous black current fruit. A breadth of baking spice, five spice, and vanilla from new oak integrates beautifully with the rather dominant cabernet sauvignon fruit. A nose of ripe black fruits, crème brulee, and pipe tobacco develops in the glass; the color is dark red
The wine has amazing texture and transitions to a firm and very well-balanced mouth feel; the finish is rich, layered, and long. There is a distinct “expression” or “sense of place” in this wine.
This wine was fermented in small 2000 liter open-top tanks with native yeast and was punched down two times per day.
After pressing, this wine went directly to new French chateau barrels for maturation and development.