2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Brix at harvest: 24.6
Harvest date: 10/9/2014
Aging treatment: 100% American oak medium grain, 10% New oak.
“The grapes for this wine come from three different vineyards in the Livermore Valley.
They have been selected for producing exceptional wines for the region.
The Livermore Valley will produce stunning Cabs, and this vintage is no exception. The East end of the valley provides heat, deep soils, and a length to the day during the growing season that provides for weighty Cabernet Sauvignon. The west end has rockier terrain, more fertile ground and more even ripening.
Two of the vineyards, Crane Ridge and Thatcher Bay, are south and west facing
respectively, providing depth on the palate and structure. The third vineyard, in Kalthoff Commons, is fairly flat ground with deep soils and increased topography providing retained cooling through the morning hours, it lends opulence of fruit to the blend.
With the grace of this wine ageability is assured.”
Dane Stark, winemaker
The color of this wine is ruby red to light purple in the center with clarity and rich edges.
It opens with vibrant fruit, a touch of cranberry and violets and quite a bit of intensity with
berry fruit and a touch of oak.
The plums are backed by rich cassis and a dense fruit mouthfeel. Medium tannins provide
for a wonderful food wine and tremendous age-ability and a weighty mid palate. The finish mingles
toasted oak and ripe fruit for a rich experience of classic Cabernet Sauvignon.