Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
2014 was an excellent vintage for all varietals, but it was particularly exceptional for Cabernet Sauvignon. The growing season began with an early and dry spring with moderate temperatures, perfect for vine development. After bloom and fruit set completed in May, the clement weather continued into fall with plenty of cool nights and warm afternoons. After the extended growing season, the vines slowly became ripe and were harvested at the peak of their flavor in late September and early October.
The grapes for the 2014 vintage were sourced from Sonoma County vineyards with particularly intense character and flavor. After harvest, the lots were separately crushed and destemmed into stainless steel tanks where they were fermented on the skins for 21 days before gently being pressed off the skins. Each lot was allowed to settle by gravity before being racked into barrels. After two years of oak aging our winemakers tasted through every lot selecting only the most flavorful barrels to become the 2014 Artist Series blend. To add complexity and balance, 7% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot were added.
- Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
- Aging: 24 months in 25% new oak 65% French, 15% Hungarian and 20% American barrels.
- Acidity: 3.53
- pH: 7.2
- Alcohol: 14.5%
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