2014 Cultivar Leaky Lake Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage Notes: This year’s harvest will go down as one of the earliest ever in the Napa Valley and it will also be noted for near-perfect weather throughout the growing season, resulting in a fairly abundant and very high quality crop making it three strong vintages in row for quality.
The winter was quite warm with lots of sunshine throughout January and February. Mother Nature provided us with a little rain in March. But it did provide some much-needed irrigation to the wines just before bud break. The season continued with ideal growing conditions with crop sizes remaining at normal levels with a slightly lower production for reds. The 2014 wines have great intensity, fantastic flavor, and length.
The Leaky Lake vineyard of clay and loam soils lead to a rich seductive fruit forward wine. The 2014 Leaky Lake in the glass is dark with brilliant red and blue hues. The nose has notes of cherry, raspberry and sweet vanilla with notes of cola and spice. On the palate the wine follows the red fruit aromas with cherry, raspberry with black currants. The finish is a minute long, with sweet tannins from both the French oak and beautifully structured fruit of the Mayacamas Mountain. While very tempting to drink now cellar for 5-10 years will be well rewarded.