2014 Mario's Cabernet Sauvignon
September 16 – 30, 2014
Mario’s Vineyard, St. Helena Named for our pioneering founder Mario Trinchero, this rare jewel of a site surrounds our winery in St. Helena, along a narrow, 13-acre stretch of the valley floor formed by river erosion. A northwest exposure, coupled with a mix of gravel, loam and alluvial soils, makes Mario’s Vineyard ideally suited for opulent Cabernet Sauvignon with impressive structure and velvety tannins. Central Park West Vineyard, St. Helena With its nostalgic nod to our family’s roots in New York City, our Central Park West Vineyard rests on the valley floor at the southern end of the St. Helena appellation. This 22-acre site, with its ample sunshine and deep loamy and alluvial soils, is perfectly suited for growing classic red Bordeaux varieties. Planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this vineyard produces decadent wines with layer upon layer of complex flavor.
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.
“This Cabernet is all about layered complexity. The deep ruby-red color hints at the fresh, ripe raspberry, dried fruit, ripe plum, black cherry and vanilla aromas on the nose. A smooth and balanced body with ripe, soft tannins and a velvety palate reveals notes of dark red fruit and a long, soft finish of sweet oak, vanilla and lingering red fruit. Approachable upon release, this wine has impressive structure and a decadent texture.” – Mario Monticelli