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