This attractive Sonoma Coast Pinot is lively and bright from the outset. The nose literally pops with a potpourri of wild berries, perfumed rose petals, lavender and spice. Swirl a glass of this wine – scents of luscious strawberry-rhubarb pie, peach and citrus blossoms, pomegranate and red currant are revealed. Savory notes of sage, prosciutto and cedar are also present, complementing the profusion of fruit. Balanced, elegant and graceful, this wine’s focused aromatic complexity glides evenly onto the palate. A flashy mouthfeel offers racy acidity, a perfect foil for the mellow, smooth tannins. The finish is lasting and sustains its fresh impression throughout.
Rombauer [Cabernet] Napa Valley, 2014
The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, St. Helena, Calistoga and Rutherford AVAs.
A cool spell in August stalled harvest a bit at the outset, but a warm September brought a mad dash to the nish. All in all, 2014 was another high-quality vintage despite small volumes for some varietals due to cool, rainy weather at flowering. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI technology.The fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard.