2014 in Order to form a more perfect Union
Winemaker Notes: While writing this tasting note, I noticed that the blend is virtually identical to the 2013. This was not intentional; we always blend in order to create the best overall wine, percentages be damned. While the varietal blend is virtually identical to the 2013, the vineyard proportions, however, differ significantly. Both the 2013 and 2014 perfect Union are fantastic, each wine clearly shows the vintage characteristics for that year.
The overall impression of the 2014 Perfect Union is one of elegance and refinement. Vibrant deep ruby-purple in color. Complex aromatics with gravel, earth, black currant, cedar, tobacco, and dried sage. The wine is medium-full bodied with high flavor density, crisp acidity, and sumptuous tannins. The palate is simply stunning: black currant, blackberry, huckleberry, dried sage, mint, espresso, lead pencil, tobacco, earth, and gravel. Properly cellared, this wine should reach maturity in 8-10 years and will gracefully evolve for 20+ years.
Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration average of 131 hours and a post-fermentation maceration average of 141 hours. 100% Native fermentation. The wine was punched down by hand 2 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 4 judicious rackings, no fining agents were employed. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees.
Cooperage: . The oak profile is 70% new French oak puncheons (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 30% neutral French oak.
Cases Produced: 105
Release Date: Nov. 3rd, 2017