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2014 BRIO RED WINE -- 94pts

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This precocious and captivating wine exudes profound notes of blackberry, coffee, licorice, and cocoa. Full-bodied and refined, it is deeply layered with delicate nuances of graphite and baking spices. The silky tannins resonate with a lush, balanced finish.

65% Cabernet Sauvignon , 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
880 cases produced

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HAVESTED September 16th- October 3rd, 2014

VINEYARD
At 1,250 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 60% new French Oak for 23 months before the wine was then bottled without fining or filtration.