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2014 Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 750ml

Wine Specs

Vintage 2014
Appellation Napa Valley
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Specifics 86% Cabernet Sauvignon & 14% Merlot
Alcohol content 14.5
Oak 30% new French, 70% once used
Time in Oak 18 months
Release Type Current

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

The perfect introduction to our cab portfolio.

$65.00   per 750ml bottle
Deep purple hues in the glass give rise to generous aromas of blackcurrant, spiced black tea and plums. Flavors run from intense cassis into dark late season cherries, with a core of ripe plums and espresso. Hints of tobacco, crushed earth and dried herbs emerge on the finish. With plenty of fine grain tannins, this wine persists on the palate bringing wave after wave of complex and intense flavor.
- Robin Akhurst, Winemaker

Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes
This wine is made up of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot from unique soils across the Napa Valley. Each individual vineyard is quality focused to produce the best fruit possible. We are fortunate to include in this blend three different Napa Valley AVA’s, Calistoga (Amoenus Vineyard), Yountville (Sleeping Lady Vineyard) and Oakville (Swanson Family Vineyard).

Winemaker Notes
The grapes were harvested between the 20th of September and 5th of October 2014. Hand sorted in the vineyard followed by rigorous berry sorting at the winery. After destemming, the must was allowed to cold soak for four days before undergoing a 14 day temperature controlled ferment with yeast cultured from the Bordeaux region of France. Pressed off and allowed to go through Natural malolactic fermentation in barrel the wines were then allowed to mature in 30% new French oak and 70% once used barrels for 18 months before being bottled in the late spring of 2016.

Vintage Notes
2014 was another great year for Napa. The slightly higher rainfall in Spring allowed the vines to access much needed soil water at budbreak. Successful flowering set a good crop, which allowed us to selectively thin throughout the year. The drought conditions towards the maturation phase of berry two Napa Valley AVA sites that complement one another - Oakville and Carneros. development gave us small concentrated clusters of grapes; perfect for making intense and concentrated aromatic wines, albeit in limited quantities.