2014 - North Coast
Our Z. Alexander Brown 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon unfolds with rich aromas of black cherry, cola and mocha. Bold tannins frame a powerful mid-palate layered with mouth-filling flavors of ripe blackberry, black currant and chocolate covered cherry, as well as subtle hints of baking spice. Smooth and balanced, an elegant finesse defines the long and lingering finish.
The 2014 vintage produced a record-breaking crop of exceptional quality. Early bud break and a mild, sunny growing season marked by few significant heat spikes and virtually no high winds provided ideal conditions for optimal fruit development. This remarkable vintage resulted in balanced wines with rich mid-palates, bright, concentrated flavors, structured tannins and big personality.
Throughout the growing season, I visited each vineyard block regularly. The fruit for Z. Alexander Brown was harvested during the cool early morning hours to ensure that the concentrated fruit flavors were captured at the peak of ripeness. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were de-stemmed, moved into stainless steel tanks and slowly warmed to fermentation temperatures. Following the completion of primary and malolactic fermentation, the wine was drained and gently pressed onto a selection of French and American oak. The final blend for this boldly flavored wine was thoughtfully crafted by Zac and me as a result of multiple hands-on tastings and blending sessions featuring a selection of the best lots of the vintage.
- John Killebrew, Winemaker
- North Coast
- Total Acid:
- 0.60 g/100ml