2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedregal Vineyard, Oakville
“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard possesses striking translucence for such a big wine. Rich and powerful in the glass, yet also remarkably light on its feet, the 2014 speaks to balance above all else. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice and new leather are nicely delineated, but it is the ensemble of aromas, flavors and textures that really works beautifully here.” – 92-95pts, Antonio Galloni, vinous, February 2015
2014 was another classic vintage, despite the third consecutive year of drought. A mild winter and spring triggered early bud break, while much-needed late spring rain alleviated water stress on the vines through summer. Summer temperatures were warm and steady, balanced by particularly cool mornings, which permitted even fruit development. Cooler weather in August further lengthened hang time, resulting in perfectly matured fruit with moderate sugar levels.
This year’s Pedregal is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot co-fermented.
Aging the 2014 sur lies with monthly bâtonnage has coated the tannins and smoothly integrated the wood. We aged this vintage 25 months in new French oak barrels (Taransaud). Non-filtered.
This is our tenth vintage from this small, outstanding vineyard on the lower slopes of the eastern Oakville hills. “Pedregal” means a rocky place in Spanish, and that is certainly a distinguishing feature of the site. During 2008 we agreed to a long-term lease of this vineyard which gives us complete control even through any change in ownership, so this is the fourth vintage we’ve directed farming ourselves.