2014 Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon

Iridium

 

 

Iridium is one of the rarest elements on earth. A very constrained and expensive resource, Iridium’s uniqueness makes it incredibly valuable. Like the element, the Sterling Vineyards Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon is treasured. Made in only the very best vintages with the fi nest and most intense expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Iridium is the pinnacle of winemaking perfection.

 

96 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"This was the official wine of the Emmys this year! Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Iridium has opulent crème de cassis, blackberry pie and mincemeat notes with hints of beef drippings, damp soil, cedar, espresso and dark chocolate plus a waft of menthol. Medium to full-bodied with understated, earthy, muscular fruit supported by a firm backbone of nice ripe tannins, it possesses plenty of depth and a long, minerally finish." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October, 2017.

 

VINEYARDS

Cabernet Sauvignon reigns king in the Napa Valley and the appellation excels in producing outstanding expressions of this admired varietal. Napa Valley offers an ideal combination of topography, geology and climate that enables this varietal to reach optimum ripeness, balance and finesse. And within the valley, there are exceptional vineyards and sub-appellations that produce some of the finest expressions of this noble grape. For this inaugural 2014 vintage of Iridium, Winemaker Harry Hansen selected individual barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Hewitt Vineyard (Rutherford AVA), Sleeping Lady Vineyard (Yountville AVA) and the Meigs Vineyard in rugged Wooden Valley.

 

WINEMAKING

Very specific blocks within these vineyards were tapped for this bottling of Iridium. The vineyards were hand-picked with several passes through the blocks to ensure that each berry was picked at optimum ripeness. After hand-harvesting, the grapes were hand-sorted at the winery to ensure only the very best fruit made it into fermentation. Each lot was kept separate until the final blending, allowing the winemaker to select the most expressive and unique barrels to bring together in the final blend. The 2014 Iridium was aged for 19 months in 100 percent French oak then meticulously blended for the final wine, using seven “all-star” barrels of superb quality.

“ This extraordinary wine has been a labor of love. I ’ve enjoyed working with it from the very beginning and watching it evolve. Its beauty and intensity is remarkable and will surely be revered as one of the very best from Sterling Vineyards.” – Winemaker Harry Hansen

 

VINTAGE

2014 was a near-perfect vintage for the Napa Valley, along the lines of the recent outstanding vintages of 2012 and 2013. Although California’s drought brought another dry winter, the growing season started with a w arm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer temperatures remained mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. The overall outstanding quality and concentrated fruit characteristics make Bordeaux varietals, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, the highlight of the season. Grapes for the 2014 Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon were hand-harvested between September 17 and September 24.

 

$250 per bottle. Limited availability.

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