Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot & Merlot
The 2014 vintage started as very quiet in the vineyard. A mild winter and dry spring gave way to timely, regular blooms and encouragement for the vintage ahead. The summer started very warm and dry as the fruit set came together. This however transitioned into a challenging August for our team - a very cold and rainy month. The shift in temperatures initially created threat for disease and difficult ripening conditions. Our team met this challenge by meticulously stripping cover leaves in the canopy to create necessary air circulation, avoiding rot and other potential problems. The intense focus on the health of the vines allowed our vineyards to avoid these threats just in time for an early fall that was dry and warm - almost perfect to help the grapes catch up in their ripening. We also dropped a lot of fruit in this vintage to focus the nutrients on only the best clusters. This was an extremely late harvest, but fortunately we were able to maintain balance between acidity and concentration to provide a great vintage that was about 50% of normal production, but the quality was spectacular and bold!
92 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Lupicaia was a very limited release, with only half of the usual production. It is a fairly closed blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot that is less expressive than the other vintages. The wine is also lighter in terms of texture and persistence. The bouquet here is very floral, with notes of rose hip and some bright cherry. The Lupicaia draws from a very selective harvest to begin with, and there have been other years when production was cut back significantly. The only vintage they skipped entirely was 2002, and the scorching-hot 2003 was eventually produced only after a long internal debate.."
92 Points, James Suckling: “Blackcurrants, iron, iodine and crushed violets. Full body, medium-chewy tannins and a taut finish. Drink now.”