Napa Cellars Pinot Noir 2014
T.A.: 0.55 g / 100ml
100% French Oak (36% of which was new), 10 months
The Napa Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir is an elegant wine that delivers beautiful aromas of black cherry, cola, earth, spice and dark caramel. Abundant flavors of cherry pie, dark fruit, toasted pie crust and dried herbs are framed by rich vanilla notes on the palate. This well-structured wine has balanced acidity and a long, lingering finish. For a decadent meal, pair this Pinot with garlic and herb roasted pork tenderloin, followed by dark chocolate mousse for dessert.
Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir were sourced exclusively from premier vineyards in the southern part of Napa Valley, where the San Pablo Bay creates a cool, maritime climate. Morning fog rolls across the vines, ushering in the cool breezes ideal for growing delicate, flavorful Pinot Noir. The vines here produce complex, layered fruit that translates to an earthy minerality and exceptional natural acidity in the glass.
Once harvested, the grapes were carefully sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. During a six- to nine-day maceration period, delestage—the process of removing the grape seeds and allowing the juice to remain in contact with the skins—was employed. This technique helped to release the aromatic character of the fruit, enhance the color and flavor of the wine, and create soft, round tannins. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels for 10 months.
Despite persistent drought and an earthquake in southern Napa, 2014 proved to be an excellent vintage with phenomenal growing conditions for Pinot Noir. February and March ushered in much-needed rain, while summer temperatures remained relatively mild—around 90°F, with no humidity. It was an early season, from budbreak to veraison to harvest, and a stand-out in terms of quality and flavor.