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Lindstrom 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

As the third year of severe drought brought early Spring weather to Napa Valley, 2014 started out with just enough rainfall to wet the soils throughout February and into early March.    Our summer temperatures remained moderate, with a late summer season that seemed slightly cooler, more moderate than usual.  This meant that Cabernet fruit, thirsty all season for lack of soil moisture, had the benefit of cooler temperatures and longer hang-time on the vines during the ripening season.  The twelve individual blocks of Nicali Vineyard, home to Lindstrom Cabernet, were harvested by hand between September 18 and  October 7, 2014. 

Individual blocks were destemmed, sorted by hand, and gently crushed into small fermenters for approximately 4 weeks of skin contact prior to pressing.  The wine, a blend of all twelve blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, was aged in 60% new French oak for 19 months prior to bottling without fining or filtration.

This Stags Leap District wine shows its heritage in the pronounced dark cherry and mocha notes which dominate both the aromas and the entry, as well as the signature soft tannins juxtaposed against a very solid, substantial mid-palate.   The flavor intensity, the concentration in the mid-palate, and the duration of the finish all hint at the very rocky soils upon which these vines are grown.  Despite its concentration, however, the wine shows accessibility and the character of sweet cherries and blueberries at the finish.  While this Cabernet will unquestionably age well, even at first release it shows its charm.

526 cases were produced.

      - Tasting notes by Celia Welch


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