2014 Pinot Noir 750ml
Aroma: This is one of the most balanced Pinot Noirs we have made in recent history. The nose is filled with fresh red raspberries and red raspberry compote, cola, clove, orange peel, toast, and wet earth.
Palate: The palate follows the nose with intense red raspberries and orange peel. There are hints of flowers and toast in the background that play off the intense fruit. The oak and grape tannins are well balanced and very fine, like silk.
The Vintage: 2014 was a dream vintage, with quality along the lines of 2012 and 2013. However, drought conditions and small crop size did prove to be minor irritants. Napa Valley's harvest was unusually early this year due to the drought. Summer weather was perfect for the grapes. We didn’t see any extremes or surprises—no 100° F days, no humidity trouble to speak of, no sunburn. We enjoyed a lot of days in the 90s, with somewhat warmer nights than the year previous, more often in the 60s than the 50s. Everything just rocked along beautifully