RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
Bright crimson red in color. Aromas of black cherry and ripe plums combine with subtle notes of dried herbs and smoke. The palate entry shows flavors of cranberry, fresh raspberry, and ripe cherry, complemented by hints of vanilla and baking spice. A balance of savory, cedar and cocoa powder, and sweet, fig jam and ripe blackberry, round out the mouth-feel. The overall impression is one of ripe red and black berry fruit flavors, great structure, smooth tannins and a lingering fresh finish.
The 2014 vintage across the great state of California was one of the best in decades. Veraison started early and went fast. Consistently warmer day and night temperatures, along with lots of sunshine, led to harvest in the Russian River Valley starting four weeks early. These growing conditions, along with the drought which kept the crop yield low, aligned to produce fruit of exceptional quality.