Labeled 'Napa Valley Red Wine' so we have free rein to create the most delicious, balanced blend of Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties. Favorite pairings: grilled lamb chops with quinoa, mint and feta salad; osso bucco with saffron risotto. With the screwcap closure, the wine will age similarly to natural cork-finished wines, but without the variability.
"A tight and linear red with blackberry and chocolate character. Full body and firm tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, petit Verdot, cabernet franc and merlot. Beautiful now but better in 2020. Screw cap." - James Suckling, December 2017
Our 2014 Winemaker's Reserve Red Wine is the perfect blend to showcase the deeply concentrated, complex wines, of this wonderful vintage. This deep crimson-hued Bordeaux-style blend bursts with expressive aromas of rhubarb, rustic cherry, and Christmas spice cake aromas. Underlying the bright fruits there is a subtle smoked meatiness, reminiscent of prosciutto wrapped fresh figs. On the palate, the blend mixes both dark and red berry notes creating a pleasing mouthfeel with hints of delicate young rose perfume and dusty tannins that dance across your palate on the lengthy finish. The Cabernet Sauvignon component delivers rich cassis and blackberry character as well as a powerful structure to the blend, while the Merlot tames the tannins with its plush mid-palate and notes of sour cherry and dark chocolate. Cabernet Franc adds a hint of savory wild thyme and gives even more complexity to the upfront fruit profile, as does Malbec with its juicy plum note. Lastly, the seductive floral hint comes from the Petit Verdot. New French oak barrels provide the final layers of this blend, adding baking spices and a brioche-like sweet toast on the finish.
Dry, early and shaking is how 2014 will be remembered in Napa Valley, yet it had a silver lining with small, concentrated berries and high quality. February's rains brought the total rainfall from low to adequate and help relieve three years of drought conditions. Warm temperatures promoted early budbreak and accelerated grape maturation. Just as harvest began, a dramatic 6.0 earthquake shook Napa Valley awake on August 24; Provenance was fortunate to come through unscathed. We finished the very compact, plentiful harvest by mid-October and celebrated the vintage's 'ripened-to-perfection' grapes.
Each grape variety was grown in the specific mesoclimate and soils of Napa Valley where it is able to achieve its most outstanding character. A significant portion of the wine was grown in our estate vineyards. The Cabernet Sauvignon came from the St. Helena, Rutherford and Yountville American Viticultural Areas (AVAs); the Merlot from the Oakville and Los Carneros AVAs; the Cabernet Franc from the Calistoga AVA; the Malbec from the Mt. Veeder AVA and the Petit Verdot was grown in the Rutherford AVA.
After hand-harvesting the fruit and then hand-sorting it twice at the winery, we gently destemmed the grapes to retain at least 60 percent whole berries. Three days of cold-soaking before fermentation gently extracted the deep purple color and rich varietal flavors from the skins. A portion of the wine was fermented in barrels, with the balance in stainless steel to enhance the plush texture of the wine and integrate fruit and oak character. Following fermentation, extended skin contact, and gentle pressing, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrels to round out the acidity. Aging in French oak barrels wove toasty oak tones through the dark-fruit character.
Before starting at Provenance, Chris traveled the world to work harvests in many areas including Germany and Australia and returned to school to earn his Masters degree from the University of California, Davis, in 2002.
"Winemaking is about expressing the character of the place. Each vineyard has it own distinct personality. During the winemaking process we try to highlight and polish the best attributes while smoothing out any rough edges. Whether we blend fruit from different vineyards or emphasize a single vineyard block, our goal is to get all the grapes to play nice with each other. When we're successful the final wine is a harmonious expression of origin--whether that origin is a single vineyard, multiple vineyards, and appellation or a sub appellation."
|Oak Treatment||22 months, 100% barrel aged, 60% new French oak|
|Blend||48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec, 4.5% Petit Verdot and 4.5% Merlot|
|Case Production||434 cases|