2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Morisoli-Borges Vineayrd (1.5L)
Rutherfod, Napa Valley
Club Price $158.40
The fruit from this pedigreed Rutherford vineyard results in a complex wine that is aged in French oak barrels for twenty months. It offers great aromatic concentration of black currant and plum. On the palate the wine is beautifully balanced with flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and a hint of spice. The bright layers of fruit combine with well-integrated oak nuances for a wonderfully, long finish.
Varietal Composition: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Technical Data: ALC: 14.7% by vol.; TA: 6.6 G/L; pH: 3.4
Cooperage: Aged 22 Months in French Oak Barrels (100% New)
The grapes for this wine were hand harvested in the early morning by hand and quickly brought to the winery in small bins. The fruit was hand-sorted, all the way down to individual berries that were promptly placed into temperature controlled fermentation tanks, where it went through a 3 day cold soak. The fruit then fermented for 15 days, with twice a day pumpovers and 3 delestage to intensify the fruit, soften the tannins and stabilize the color. The wine completed secondary
fermentation and was aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels. During the final blending process 5% of Petit Verdot from the same vineyard was added to lengthen and soften the tannins giving them a nice velvety texture while adding fruit and complexity.
Morisoli-Borges vineyard is located on the west side of Hwy 29, south of Niebaum lane in Rutherford, Napa Valley. The Morisoli family started farming in Napa Valley in the 1950s and purchased this vineyard in 1971, third generation grower, Mike Morisoli, continues to farm the historic vineyard in the heart of Rutherford. The soils are derived from alluvium and igneous rocks. The characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon from this great vineyard are a layer of elegant fruits, velvety tannins that melt on the palate, and an incredible balance that makes the wine stand by itself.
In the beginning of our growing season, the drought was a main concern. The 2013/2014 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 of the late rains through February and April let our vineyard team relax a little as the vines received a much needed drink of water as they were emerging from dormancy and about to begin bud break. This rainfall recharged our soil and provided enough water to fill the reservoirs. Furthermore, the spring was warm allowing us to save water if needed for irrigation rather than using it for frost protection. As summer began, our
vineyards already had full canopies and full clusters. Veraison, when the skins of the grapes change color, typically occurs in late July; but this year we saw the changing color occur much sooner. And finally, while the vines used for high-quality wine production generally dont need much water, a benefit of the drought is that berry sizes are typically smaller and have more concentrated flavors, which our winemaker believes contributes to the overall quality of this years harvest.