"Winemaking and filmmaking are two great art forms." -Francis Ford Coppola
The 2014 vintage offered an outstanding season of extremely high fruit quality. As expected, the year was particularly dry and warm, yet because it was never excessively hot the fruit achieved excellent concentration while retaining an optimal level of crisp, natural acidity. Persistently sunny days ripened the fruit ahead of schedule, giving way to an unusually early harvest. This year’s fruit is exceedingly juicy in character with distinct spice notes, a plush texture, and supple tannins.
Our 2014 Director’s Cut Merlot has excellent weight and a beautiful tapestry of rich fruit flavors framed by beautiful smoky wood nuances and well-integrated tannins. What begins with an alluring fragrance of crushed berries, cassis, star anise, and cedar is followed by luscious impressions of plums and baked cherry pie tinged with vanilla bean. With the flavors broadening on the palate, the finish is long and lush.
87% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 3% Zinfandel
12 months in French oak, 20% new