Harvest 2014 was our earliest in history. We commenced harvest on August 8th. Quality was extraordinary with small berries, ripeness without a lot of sugar and focused varietal flavors. It was clear early on that this would be a fantastic vintage. The average temperatures in 2014 were lower than 2013. We had no weather issues. The season was so consistent we were able to pick without heat spikes or cold spells causing panic or interrupting the harvest. Overall, the wines have balanced acidity, low alcohols, precious tannins and they are concentrated and intense.
The fruit was all hand sorted with one barrel of the La Encantada Vineyard 25% whole cluster, a combination of natural (wild) fermentation and Burgundian yeast isolates, only free-run wine used, no SO2 during maturation on full lees, bottled un-fined and unfiltered.
This wine was matured for 10 months in 50% new French oak barriques from Tonnellerie Françoise Frères and Tonnellerie Ermitage.