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2014 Living in the Limelight

2014 Living in the Limelight
2014 Living in the Limelight

Winemaker Notes: Petit Verdot the way it should be made – with finesse, power, complexity. Collectors of this wine will note the similarities to the 2012 vintage. Saturated dark purple in color with perfumed notes of marionberry, black plum, huckleberry, sandalwood, clove, and incense. On the palate high intensity flavors of marionberry, huckleberry, black plum, roasted herbs, gravel, and black licorice. Ripe tannic structure and vibrant acidity beautifully frame the wine. Nuances of dark chocolate, clove, vanilla, and tar resonate on the long finish. The wine is unapologetically concentrated with high amounts of dry extract and glycerol. With a proper decant, this wine can be enjoyed in the next year or two. It will likely reach optimal maturity in 6-8 years, patience will be generously rewarded with added layers of complexity, and will hold for 12+ years.

Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 182 hours and was punched down by hand 3 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending. The wine achieved its sparkly brilliance from 3 judicious rackings, no fining agents were employed. The wine was very gently filtered using crossflow filtration.

Cooperage: The oak profile is 35% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 65% neutral French oak.

Cases Produced: 65

Vintage2014
Varietal95% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardDionysus Vineyard
Acid6.4 g/L TA
PH3.54
Aging12+ years
Alcohol14.70%
Volume750 ml

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93+ Points

06/30/2016

 

Sporting an inky ruby/purple color and made from 100% Petit Verdot, the 2014 Living In The Limelight offers crisp, lively notes of creme de cassis, sappy herbs, graphite and a touch of bay leaf to go with a full-bodied, focused, concentrated style on the palate. Fresh, focused and nicely structured, this beauty is almost impervious to air, and a glass left out in my office for two days was still fresh and lively, with not a trace of oxidation. Give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following decade or more.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate


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