Vintage & Vineyards Note
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 variety
to reach optimum ripeness, balance and finesse. For the 2014 Platinum Cabernet
Sauvignon, grapes were selected from Wooden Valley, Yountville, Rutherford,
Diamond Mountain and Calistoga.
2014 was a beautiful, near-textbook 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 warm, dry
spring and relatively early bud break. Summer temperatures remained mild and
consistent, and grapes for the 2014 Platinum Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested
between September 15 and October 14. The overall outstanding quality and fruit
characteristics in this vintage will make Bordeaux varietals, such as Cabernet
Sauvignon, the highlight of the season.