McGrail Vineyards

2014 McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Reserve

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2014 McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Reserve


Vineyard Notes

The 2014 vintage is the third great vintage in a row.  Similar weather conditions to 2012 and 2013, resulted in another great year.  The California drought continued and increased water restrictions were implemented.  This led to significantly lower yields than normal, but the quality was excellent with small berries, nice tannins, and great color extraction.  We produced 32 tons, a mere 2 tons per acre.  The light yield led to fruit ripening early and our Cabernet was ready to pick early September.  We picked our entire vineyard over the course of two days: September 11th and 12th.  

Winemaking Style:

Our winemaker believes in using a “spice rack” to create this complex Cabernet.  We blend French, American, and Hungarian oak.  Approximately 70% of the oak is new each vintage and the wine ages for about 33 months in this oak.

The Wine:

Our 2014 Cabernet Reserve is delicious and compelling.  While full bodied and powerful, this wine has an elegant finish that lingers.  The wine opens with notes of dark cherry, cassis, nutmeg, and vanilla.  As you sip on this wine, it’s reminiscent of blackberry jam spiced with baking spices, anise, and more black cherry.  This exceptional wine is sure to please!