2014 Founders' Reserve
The 2014 growing season was marked by a very dry winter, but then heavy rain in late February and early March replenished our vines with a full moisture profile. Nonetheless, the berries’ concentrated flavors reveal the ongoing multi-year drought. Early bud break was followed by an early harvest, memorable for the powerful earthquake that shook Napa Valley in late August.
The Founders’ Reserve was sourced from two of the oldest Cabernet blocks on the estate, Blocks 3 and 10. Planted in 1993, Block 3 is situated on a clay-rich plateau known for producing grapes with deep and layered power. Block 10, planted five years later, occupies a gentle south-facing slope that often surprises us with its aromatic fruit and elegant tannins.
This unique 69-case lot took form over numerous blending sessions during which winemaker Jim Duane and consultant winemaker Philippe Melka uncovered a ratio of the two Cabernets (sourced from Block 3 and Block 10) that not only knit the wines together but revealed a third element of mystique—an extra layer of minerality that rises on the palate and carries the wine to an exceptionally long finish. A small addition of Petit Verdot (1%) brings rose and ripe cherry notes to the aromatics. A profoundly expressive wine, we held the 2014 Reserve back for extra cellar aging before its release in April 2018.
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED, NAPA VALLEY AVA