2014 Foley Johnson Estate Meritage, Rutherford
92 Points - Robert Parker
The 2014 Estate Meritage Red is a 100% estate blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Merlot (25%) and small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It’s deep and concentrated in color mirroring the intense black fruit aromatics on the nose. The palate is delicate and smooth with flavors of blackberry, plum, and violet that are complemented by clove, and a hint of smoky vanilla. The estate fruit shines on the finish in this smooth and supple blend for a balanced and more complex Napa wine.
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc
between September 12th and October 19th, 2014.
18 months in new and used French oak barrels (35% new)
July 10, 2016
The Foley Johnson Estate Meritage is grown on loamy soils of gravel, clay, and sand which help to provide ample drainage and decrease the vigor of foliage growth. These ideal growing conditions allow our Bordeaux varietals to reach full maturity on the vine without taking on the green leafy taste of under-ripened fruit. The grapes were harvested between September 12th and October 19th, 2014. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and was racked four times throughout the barreling process. After 18 months of aging in new and used French Oak barrels (35% new) the wine was bottled July 10, 2016.
2014 was a fabulous vintage, giving us wines of both finesse and concentration. Spring and summer were of moderate temperatures. By October, the weather cooled slightly, but remained dry and sunny allowing the vines to reach full maturity prior to the rains. Overall the weather was nearly ideal, with conditions that allowed the grapes to have an exceptional level of acidity without being over ripe. We brought in a bountiful crop of very tasty fruit!