This gorgeous wine would pair perfect with a Prime Rib or Ribeye. The body is full, nicely balanced, and lush. Leading into delicious black currant with notes of flinty minerality, blueberry, and crème de cassis. The 2014 Marirage is dry, with smooth tannins that build up for a long finish.
Tasting Notes: Vibrant aromas of black currant, mulberry, and crème de cassis mingled with cedar, clove, earth and sage. Juicy, soft and lush black fruits carry into the bright and savory mid palate. Ripe flavors of black cherry linger on the classy, elegant finish.
Vintage: The 2014 winter was one of the driest on record in California and rainfall totals in the Napa Valley were approximately half of normal. However, the timing could not have been better: heavy rains in late February and early March gave a much-needed drink of water to the vines as they were emerging from dormancy and about to begin bud break. With a warm spring and summer, the benefit of the drought was that berry sizes were smaller and had more concentrated flavors, which contributed to the overall quality of the 2014 harvest.
Properties: Wurtele Vineyard, Bale's Creek Estate
Appellation: Spring Mountain District
Clonal Selections: clone 7 cabernet sauvignon, clone 214 cabernet franc
Composition: 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc
Harvest Dates September 27- October 7 2014
Ageing:22 months in 100% French Oak, 60% new
7 barrels produced