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2014 Provenance Vineyards Fortitude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Provenance Vineyards Fortitude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Provenance Vineyards

2014 Provenance Vineyards Fortitude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Description

Description

Over the past 150 million years, the Napa Valley was formed by tectonic plate movement and volcanic activity – extreme geological activity that created soil diversity unparalleled by any other wine region in the world.

It is largely this diversity that allows for remarkably complex and outstanding wines to be crafted. In tribute to the resilient formation of the Napa Valley, Fortitude is a blend of the finest vineyards throughout Napa in which each vineyard adds another layer of rich complexity to our wine.

Awards & Accolades

  • 96+

    Wine Advocate

    "Very deep garnet-purple, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortitude has a blockbuster cassis and chocolate box nose with underlying blackberry preserves, dried mulberries, roses, damp soil and cedar box. Medium to full bodied, the palate is firmly structured with grainy tannins and a lively backbone cutting through the dense black fruit, finishing with perfumed layers." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2017

  • 93

    JamesSuckling.com

    "“This is only the second vintage of this wine as a blend and essence of the vineyards. Medium to full body with tight and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Shows restraint. Plenty of blackberry and currant character at the end. Better in 2020." - James Suckling, December 2017

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

The 2014 Fortitude Cabernet presents both power and finesse in the highly extracted and concentrated aromas of dark blackberry and black cherry. There is amazing structure from the 2014 vintage, which supports an expansive palate saturated with blackberry liqueur, juicy black cherry, dark chocolate and black licorice. There are firm, brooding tannins with lots of layers and volume, finishing with tremendous length. This is a huge wine that can easily balance the sweet oak notes from the new French oak barrels. It will reward extended aging; decant first if you can't wait.

Vintage

Dry, early and shaking is how 2014 will be remembered in Napa Valley, yet it had a silver lining with small, concentrated grapes and high quality. February's rains brought the total rainfall up from low to adequate, helping to relieve three years of drought conditions. Warm temperatures promoted early budbreak in spring and accelerated grape maturation. Just as harvest began, a dramatic 6.0 earthquake shook Napa Valley awake on August 24. We finished the very compact, plentiful harvest by mid-October and celebrated the vintage's ripe, flavorful grapes.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Napa Valley AVA

Napa Valley

Vineyard

To give the 2014 Fortitude its layered complexity, we selected Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from our favorite vineyards in different soils and mesoclimates of Napa Valley. Sourcing 70% from Hewitt Vineyard in the Rutherford AVA, located on alluvial fan soils on bench lands near the Mayacamas Mountains, which flank Napa Valley on the west. The next component (20% sourcing) was selected from the Sleeping Lady vineyard in Yountville, an impeccably-farmed vineyard nestled up against the western Yountville bench of the Mayacamas range as well. The balance came from Polaris Vineyard (10%), rooted in iron-rich, volcanic soils of the high Howell Mountain plateau on the valley's east side.

Winemaking

After hand harvesting the fruit, we gently sorted it first as clusters and again, after destemming, as grapes. Three days of cold soaking before fermentation gently extracted the deep purple color and rich varietal flavors from the skins. A portion of the wine was fermented in barrels, with the balance in stainless steel, to enhance the plush texture of the wine and integrate fruit and oak character. Following fermentation, extended skin contact and gentle pressing, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrels to round the acidity. Aging in entirely new French oak barrels wove toasty oak tones through the dark-fruit character.

Chris Cooney - Former Winemaker

Before starting at Provenance, Chris traveled the world to work harvests in many areas including Germany and Australia and returned to school to earn his Masters degree from the University of California, Davis, in 2002.
"Winemaking is about expressing the character of the place. Each vineyard has it own distinct personality. During the winemaking process we try to highlight and polish the best attributes while smoothing out any rough edges. Whether we blend fruit from different vineyards or emphasize a single vineyard block, our goal is to get all the grapes to play nice with each other. When we're successful the final wine is a harmonious expression of origin--whether that origin is a single vineyard, multiple vineyards, and appellation or a sub appellation."

Chris Cooney - Former Winemaker

Before starting at Provenance, Chris traveled the world to work harvests in many areas including Germany and Australia and returned to school to earn his Masters degree from the University of California, Davis, in 2002.
"Winemaking is about expressing the character of the place. Each vineyard has it own distinct personality. During the winemaking process we try to highlight and polish the best attributes while smoothing out any rough edges. Whether we blend fruit from different vineyards or emphasize a single vineyard block, our goal is to get all the grapes to play nice with each other. When we're successful the final wine is a harmonious expression of origin--whether that origin is a single vineyard, multiple vineyards, and appellation or a sub appellation."

Alcohol % 14.9%
Oak Treatment Partial barrel fermentation, extended skin contact and in-barrel malolactic fermentation. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels.
pH 3.73
Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Case Production 246 cases

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