2014 BRV, Cabernet Sauvignon
September 24 – October 13, 2014
20 months, 100% French oak (75% new)
The pinnacle of the portfolio, this sustainably sourced Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense, deep purple hue indicative of its highly concentrated palate. The nose is rich, with powerful blueberry, currant, crushed rock and licorice aromas. Earthy flavors are framed by youthful, chewy tannins and a robust, dense, complex structure. This wine reflects the intensity of its mountain origins and has tremendous aging potential with a long, spicy finish and hints of baking spice.
Haystack Vineyard, Atlas Peak The Atlas Peak region, Napa Valley’s highest appellation, is home to our Haystack Vineyard, an extremely rocky site, where struggling vines create small, intensely concentrated berry clusters. Resting at 1,500 feet in the Vaca Mountains, this picturesque, 22-acre vineyard produces expressive red wines with complex layers of flavor. Cloud’s Nest Vineyard, Mt. Veeder Soaring high above the valley floor to 1,500 feet in the Mt. Veeder appellation, our 13-acre Cloud’s Nest Vineyard is incredibly steep with gravelly soil. The vines here struggle to survive in the rugged, unforgiving terrain of the Mayacamas Mountains, resulting in wines with exceptional complexity and intensity. A cool, eastern exposure gives the grapes more time on the vine to develop the region’s signature bold, luscious flavors.
The 2014 growing season in Napa Valley was preceded by an exceptionally dry winter which also included some of the coldest days on record. It began with an early bud-break, followed by a mild spring and rain early on in the season. It was an early season from bud-break to veraison to harvest, with an unexpected earthquake in late August, and some hail in late September, to keep the winemakers on their toes. All in all, 2014 delivered a vintage of exceptional quality.