22 months in French oak
Cabernet Sauvignon, Barlow Vineyards
The 2014 growing season proved to be challenging due to the low rainfall through the winter. Since ground water was low they needed to make sure the vines had plenty of water through the summer. The challenges, however, seemed to pay off. The 2014 Barlow Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is complex with intense aromas of black cherry and violets. Rich flavors of currants and blackberries are intertwined with layers of tobacco leaf and vanilla.
The 2014 harvest will go down as one of the earliest ever, but it will also go down as one of the best in Napa Valley. In addition, it will be noted as for near-perfect weather throughout the growing season, resulting in an abundant and very high-quality crop. Challenged by drought, an earthquake, rain, hail and significant heat, there were many obstacles to navigate. The timing of these events paired with much planning allowed growers and vintners to overcome these obstacles and land another great vintage. Tannins are in check, berries are small, which is translating into great balance and concentration in the cellar. Yields and quality are above average across all varietals, forecasting a lot of beautiful 2014 vintages to come.