2014 was a dream vintage for the Napa Valley along the lines of the recent outstanding vintages of 2012 and 2013. Although California’s drought brought another dry winter, the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer was mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. The overall outstanding quality and fruit characteristics in this vintage will make Cabernet Sauvignon the highlight of the season. The grapes for the 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet were harvested between September 11th and October 17th.
For the 2014 blend, the largest portion came from several of our reserve vineyards; Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer Vineyard in the Howell Mountain AVA, Marston Ranch in the Spring Mountain AVA and the St Helena Home Vineyard in the St. Helena AVA. The blend is one that highlights the best of Napa Valley’s valley floor and mountain-top terroir.