Deep, dense, ruby color. As has been the case with the reds of this vintage, the aromas are clean, pretty, spicy and complex. Tea, leaf, and dark fruit aromas are well-integrated with those of smoky oak. Whereas the 2013 reds were deep and brooding, inaccessible in the months before release, and evolving slowly, the 2014 wines, from a similarly warm, drought year, have an attractiveness and softness in character that indicates earlier drinkability. On the palate, silky and bittersweet flavors of dark cherries and semi-sweet chocolate. Tannins are fine in texture and palate coating, though not as intense as those of our 2013 Cabernet.
This wine will play well with rich, braised dishes and grilled meats, and has the finesse and balance to be a go-to wine for at least the next 10-15 years.