Aged 16 months in 25% new puncheons and 75% once and twice-filled barrels
Spring 2014 was without growing problems. Flowering on June 2 developed an early ripening vintage. Verasion was early in August under good conditions, which is a hallmark of great vintages. Our well-managed vineyard blocks had fruit shaded with healthy canopies balancing acidity and sugar ripeness while keeping fruit from sunburn. September was delightful and warm in our interior dry desert. We then picked all our fruit with ease under clear skies with cold nights.
"We hand-picked and sorted the Merlot on September 26 and the Cabernet Franc on October 20. We destemmed each into small 2 and 4 ton fermenters. We cold soaked for two days then fermented and mixed for ten days, developing ideal extraction of flavors and tannins. Fermentation finished in puncheons and traditional Bordeaux barrels. We aged on lees in a modern style developing savory tones complimentary to the powerful fruit. After 16 months, we blended and bottled our favorite barrels for this vibrant and youthful blend. Unfined and yeast filtered for clarity at bottling, this rich wine will age for a decade or more. Enjoy with a host of foods throughout the seasons." - Caleb Foster, Winemaker
65% Merlot | 35% Cabernet Franc