2014 J|R|G

Vintage Notes

The 2014 vintage mirrors the 2013 vintage, but with different results. July was blistering hot with only eight days out of the month below 95° F and fourteen days over 100° F. August started out just as hot with alternating cool weather and heat spikes through the last three weeks of the month. Once again the saving grace of the vintage was a moderate September and a warm first two weeks of October. All our fruit was picked by the time the rain started the third week of October. Some of our top Cabernet vineyards suffered from berry shrivel but still performed well at the winery. Oddly enough, our Merlot vineyards performed very well. We hung more fruit than usual to slow things down allowing the Canoe Ridge Merlot to be picked at the end of September with little to no shrivel. The 2014’s are classically proportioned and restrained. They are more similar to the 2012’s without the hefty tannins of the 2013’s, which are more flamboyant and approachable. The 2014’s have a rich sweet entry, dense mid-palate and maintain their focus through to the finish.

Blend Details

73% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Merlot
5% Malbec
2% Petit Verdot

Appellations

45% Horse Heaven Hill
38% Red Mountain
17% Rattlesnake Hills

Vineyards

21% Canoe Ridge Estate
18% Alder Ridge
17% Elephant Mountain
15% Klipsun
13% Scooteney Flats
10% Tapteil
6% Champoux

Harvest Dates

September 27 – October 16, 2014

Aging Profiles

21 Months in new (32%), single use (23%)
and neutral (45%) French oak barrels

Alcohol

14.4% by volume

Release Date

Fall, 2018

Production

846 cases of 750mL bottles

The blend is composed of about 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot drawn from an impressive collection of vineyards, including Klipsun, Tapteil and Alder Ridge. It feels fresh and lively, youthful…with a core of juicy black plum flavor and a cut-tobacco feel to the tannins that bring a modest, savory wallop. Decant and pour with lamb chops. (846 cases)

 

Refined and expressive, with layered black cherry, orange zest and savory spice flavors that build momentum toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2023. (Tim Fish)

 

Cabernet Sauvignon takes the lead in this blend, balanced with 20% Merlot, 5% Malbec and Petit Verdot. Sourced from top vineyards and aged in just 32% French oak, it delivers appealing blackberry, dried herb, cocoa, graphite and cherry aromas and well-constructed fruit flavors that dip considerably in the middle. It is nicely structured and comes back together on the finish. (SeanSullivan)