2014 Kuleto Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
The 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon exudes fresh blackberry, candied fruits, and sweet high-toned herbs in the nose. I can’t remember a more aromatic expression of the estate. The oak treatment supports but doesn’t overwhelm the flavors and provides a nice lengthy backbone through the wine. It has a juiciness that is consistent with the fruit flavors and tremendous focus. This is a wine to enjoy over many years to come.
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Malbec
20 months in 40% new oak, 100% French, racked twice
We in the Napa Valley have suffered an embarrassment of riches in terms of having a string of exceptional vintages in recent years. Starting in 2012 and continuing through 2015, each has provided near ideal conditions for ripening fruit perfectly. None, however, stands out in our memory like the 2014. For sheer volume of aroma and flavor in every variety we grow on the estate, 2014 is extraordinary. We refer to this bottling of cabernet sauvignon from Kuleto as our ‘Estate’ bottling, even though all of our other wines are from the estate as well. It’s because it truly represents the entire property in terms of sourcing that it gets this moniker. We’ve planted cabernet and the other Bordeaux varieties in as many places as possible to take advantage of altitude, exposure, fog-line, and soil type to spread out the ripening season for flavor and structure diversity in the wine. No matter the vintage, the ‘Estate’ bottling from Kuleto is a complete and balanced wine because of the amazing diversity of this property.
Kuleto is one of the most complex and diverse wine producing properties in the world. Located in the volcanic mountains of eastern Napa our estate features 781 total acres and 82.9 acres of vines perched along ridges and clinging to steep hillsides. Our soils, exposures, elevation changes and sub-climates are so complex that we’ve delineated our property into more than 100 micro-blocks. Each of these tiny plots is treated as an individual vineyard with varieties, clones, rootstocks, density, trellising and farming methods tailored specifically to the site. For winemaker Dave Lattin, there is a mutual understanding that all but a small percentage of the winemaker’s work is done in the vineyard. Keeping the vineyard’s serpentine twists and exposures in mind, the best-suited varietals for each block have been selected. Working with the land, not against it, the individually terraced lots are not oriented to one central direction, but instead are planted to maximize the benefits of their natural location.