Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012 and 2013. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early budbreak and verasion, harvest was unusually early in 2014. Despite this, the overall dry season was ideal for producing a Malbec of wonderful quality.
“Perfumed and bright with violet and rose petal. Dark berry. Hints of spice. Medium to full body, fine and silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Drink now.” - James Suckling
Winemaker Christophe Paubert practiced simple methods to show how this rare variety can excel in Napa Valley. The wine was fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels (approximately 50%) and in stainless-steel tanks for 16 months. The usage of stainless steel allowed the wine to broadcast and preserve the purity and freshness of the Malbec fruit.