2014, Franciscan Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley, California, 13.5% Alc, CT87, JS90
|Article number:||2014, Franciscan, Cabernmet Sauvignon|
Vibrant layers of ripe fruit, including red plum, blackberry, and black cherry, supported by notes of dried herbs, black pepper, and toffee. Dark plum and boysenberry blend with baking spices and mocha. A generous and balanced structure woven from fine tannins and rich fruit flavors provides a seamless opening. The lengthy finish is carried by flavors of sweet berries and dark chocolate.
Oak: 20 months in small oak barrels; 20% new oak
Fermentation: Pre-fermentation cold soak of four days, total fermentation and maceration time of 22 days
2014 was another early harvest for Napa Valley. Another low rainfall year led to excellent flavor intensity and beautiful ripeness in the fruit. The winter started off very dry with no rain in December, January or February. Near the end of March and into the first part of April we received a good dose of rain that started the vines growing with ample water in the root zone. Throughout a majority of the season the ripening conditions were text book normal. The first Cabernet Sauvignon from our Oakville Estate Vineyard was picked September 10, and the final tanks for the season were filled October 14. Both yields and quality were high for Cabernet Sauvignon in 2014, and we have found the resulting wines cover a captivating range of flavors and aromas.