How the 2014 Vintage Creates a Triad of Exquisite Wines
To be honest, 2014 was a boring growing season—but don’t confuse boring with bad. What “boring” really means is Mother Nature gave us incredible grape-growing conditions and we knew to stay out of her way. Such was 2014—an easy vintage that produced a wine so special that it’s the third in a series of particularly high-quality vintages (2012, 2013, 2014).
“2014 has aspects of both the luscious, generous 2012s and the dense, concentrated and structured 2013s.” –Nate Weis, VP of Winegrowing
In the vineyards, 2014 was an extreme vintage. It marked the middle of a prolonged drought that, thankfully, subsided in 2017. Budbreak came early (about 2-3 weeks, that is), and there was concern about possible frost damage risk in the spring and inclement weather during bloom. Luckily, there was very little frost pressure followed by a mild summer—like in 2013. Only on a handful of days did the temperature exceed 100 degrees. In August, the devastating earthquake rocked Napa. We were fortunate not to suffer any operational setbacks, and our vineyard and cellar teams enjoyed a quick and easy harvest season. The crop was bountiful, and all the fruit was in before October.
2014 also has sentimental significance as Nate’s first at Silver Oak and Twomey. An “observational” vintage under winemaker Daniel Baron, who retired at the end of 2016, 2014 was a big year of both professional and personal growth for the VP of Winegrowing.
2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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