2014 Firestone Vineyard The Chairman Series Lineage, SYV
The Chairman Series Lineage is composed of some of our best vineyard lots throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. This accounts for its tremendous complexity. This 2014 bottling is alluring and sophisticated, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot making up the final blend. Memorably lush aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry fruits, anise and leather fill the glass. The palate has an impressive tannin-acid structure, making this an ageworthy wine. Notes of vanilla and baking spices linger on the smooth finish.
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot, 15% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot
Santa Ynez Valley
September 23rd – October 16th, 2014
25 months in French, Hungarian and American oak, 78% new
December 2, 2016
2014 was a vintage of both high quality and quantity of fruit. An early bud break in the last week of February and a warm, dry spring led to a slightly earlier bloom and fruit set. Despite the lack of rainfall, the timing of the growth of the vines was perfect. Few incidents of frost and a warmer than average summer allowed the grapes to ripen at an optimal pace. The fruit was harvested in cool temperatures and at full maturity, from September 23rd – October 16th, 2014.
The Santa Ynez Valley is located just two hours north of Los Angeles and five hours south of San Francisco, adjacent the cold Pacific Ocean. With the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County - roughly 18% of its total land planted to vineyards - it is among the favorite weekend destinations for wine aficionados in the Central Coast region.
Only 447 cases produced