Napa Valley 2014
The 2014 harvest arrived early and with a bang; our first grapes arrived a few days prior to the South Napa Earthquake. The growing season was marked by “near perfect” weather, following a winter with half of the normal rainfall. With one of the driest years on record, the vines yielded smaller berries with good flavor concentration. Overall yields were above average, but below the large crops of the prior two harvests; quality is high, with good depth of flavor.
Well-established hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit. The complexity and balance of this vintage was achieved through diverse sourcing, although a significant portion of the blend was drawn from the Truchard Vineyard in Carneros in an effort to strike balance.
Following destemming, the hand-picked grapes were stainless steel-fermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 24 months (15% new barrels) where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked prior to bottling.
Dark garnet color. Cassis, allspice, cedar, and flinty notes dominate the aroma. On the palate, the wine is structured with generous, mouth-coating tannins. Ripe blackberries and spice linger in the finish.
Press & Acclaim
92 points - 2012 Vintage
"Subtle blackberry, black currant and hints of wood. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.”"
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, July 2015 Download PDF
91 points - 2011 Vintage
"Subtle and fruity with refined tannins and a delicate finish. This is medium-bodied, with polished, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Always among the best value in outstanding, drinkable Napa Valley Cabernet. Drink now."
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2014 Download PDF
92 points - 2010 Vintage
"I almost mistook this for an outstanding 2010 Bordeaux, but it's Waterstone, which always offers excellent value for Napa Cab. A juicy and fruity red with plenty of blueberry and vanilla character. Yet it's subtle and reserved. It's full body with a velvety texture and a long, harmonious and succulent finish. Delicious and lively. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling, Tasting Report, February 2014 Download PDF
• Varietal Composition: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 3% Petite Sirah
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 14.6%
• TA: 0.60 g/100ml
• pH: 3.65
• Oak Aging: 24 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 15% new
• Production: 608 cases
• Bottling Date: June 28, 2017