Napa Cellars V Collection Pinot Noir 2014
August 30 – September 5, 2014
17 months, 100% french oak (36% new)
“This Pinot Noir opens with red currant and plum aromas underscored by strawberry jam and boysenberry. With its viscous palate and medium-bodied tannins, this wine delivers decadent flavors of winter spice, mocha and caramel, framed by hints of tobacco and tea. This is a complex, yet food-friendly, wine.” – Joe Shirley
GOLD at the 2017 Press Democrat North Coast Challenge
The grapes for our V Collection 2014 Pinot Noir came from the Moretti and Mueller vineyards in Carneros. Mueller Vineyard, nestled at the southern end of the appellation near the Sonoma border, is a flat vineyard with characteristics typical of the region: thin clay soils, frequent wind and significant cloud cover. Moretti Vineyard is on a mild slope with clay-loam soils. Both sites provide ideal conditions for a deliberate and controlled ripening period for Pinot Noir fruit, creating balanced, structured wines with intensity and complexity.
2014 was a remarkable vintage for all varieties across Napa Valley. Exposure to late fall rain was largely avoided, thanks to the region’s earliest harvest on record. Although much of the fruit had already been picked by late August, a significant earthquake struck Napa on August 24, leaving growers and vintners with some unexpected twists during harvest season. Overall, the early harvest ensured optimal ripeness and excellent flavor development in the vineyard and great depth and complexity in the glass.
(Sep 2, 2017 at 2:46 PM)
This is one of the best I've tasted
(Sep 29, 2017 at 8:27 AM)
If I wasn't sharing the bottle with family I would have finished it myself. Smooth and delicious.
(Nov 23, 2018 at 5:41 PM)
I may not share it next time. This was a very good wine.