The Vice Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Batch #2
Batch #2 is a Cabernet Sauvignon blend of 6 hand selected barrels, from some of the most iconic wineries in Napa Valley. Aged for 3 years in oak and bottled February 24th 2017, our vision was to create a Napa Cab that captures the true essence of the year 2014. Unlike the single vineyard cabernets, this cabernet showcases a whole range of the signature Napa Valley flavors with a refine complexity and balance. Unfiltered and natural, we believe that this American wine is one of the very best value Cabernet Sauvignons in the world from 2014.
2014 was another consecutive year of record-breaking drought in California. While Napa Valley was blessed with well timed spotty rain that kept the vines growing during the spring, the summer was warm and sunny which meant ripe grapes and early harvest. This low yield harvest exhibited high quality concentrated grapes but 2014 will certainly be remembered by the earthquake that struck Napa during harvest. Even though the growing season suffered some natural challenges, 2014 will be remembered as a Dream Vintage
The Aging Process
Our 6 barrels of French oak were all purchased from different cooperages. 4 new oak barrels, 3 medium toasted and 1 heavily toasted. The last 2 barrels were used 2nd fill.
Our goal was to create a small artisanal blend without over powering it with oak and without sacrificing Napa Valley's terroir.
The 2014 Vice Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from 7 vineyards in across Napa Valley. Three vineyards in Rutherford, a vineyard in each Yountville, Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder and Stags Leap.
Color: Rich ruby red
Nose: Radiant aromas dark fruits and bouquet of vanilla bean, fresh tobacco leaf and fall spices
Taste: the flavors are bright and focused with gorgeous layers of confit plum, blackberry jam and cocoa powder. The finish is long and generous with smoked cherry wood and smooth integrated tannins.
While only a small percentage of wineries release their cabernets 3 years after harvest, we believe that 3years in barrels is the perfect age for such cabernet to be mature. The wine can be enjoyed. Under the right conditions, Batch #2 can develop for over the next decade.
It is preferred to decant this wine so that this unfiltered cabernet expresses itself without holding back.
Production: 143 cases