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2014 BRAND CABERNET SAUVIGNON -- 96pts

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High-toned fruit with notes of black cherry, ripe cassis and nuances of spice and chocolate derived from the oak aging. Seductively lush wine from the front to the end, balanced with the black cassis fruit and a structure that is sure to age gracefully.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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HAVESTED September 22nd - October 2nd, 2014

VINEYARD
At 1,600 feet, overlooking Lake Hennessey on Pritchard Hill is the well-drained rocky red volcanic soil that rests above the cloud and fog line–the ultimate vineyard environment of BRAND Napa Valley.

VINTAGE
The 2014 vintage was another eventful year in Napa Valley with the August earthquake and the third consecutive year with below normal rainfall. The vines were awaking two weeks earlier than normal, but managed to produce healthy canopies with bountiful yields. The lack of late season rain took the pressure off of the vintners allowing the grapes to hang until optimum aroma and flavor profiles were achieved.

VINIFICATION
Grapes were sorted in the field and winery, and then fermented in small, jacketed stainless steel tanks. Barrel aging occurred in 70% new French Oak for 23 months before the wine was then bottled without fining or filtration.

Reviews >>

96 points The Wine Advocate

It is a stunner, with an opaque purple color, a big sweet kiss of blackberry and crème de cassis, a touch of camphor and incense followed by a lush, full-bodied wine with layers of fruit and glycerin. The wine is dense, impressive and both hedonistic and intellectually satisfying.