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2014 Foley Johnson Estate Meritage, Rutherford

2014 Foley Johnson Estate Meritage, Rutherford

92 Points - Robert Parker
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SKU: 009108

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.

Ratings
92 Points - Robert Parker. "Their 2014 Proprietary Red Meritage is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and the rest Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It is another striking value among the stratospherically priced wines of Napa. More floral than its counterpart, with more uplifted aromatics, but similar weight and richness, this full-bodied, pure, ripe, delicious and complex wine has attractive aromatics, medium to full body and velvety tannins. Drink it over the next 10-12 years."
Winemaker Notes
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.
Composition
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Red Blends
Appellation
Rutherford
Harvest Date
between September 12th and October 19th, 2014.
Acid
5.5 g/L
pH
3.82
Aging
18 months in new and used French oak barrels (35% new)
Bottling Date
July 10, 2016
Alcohol %
20.00
Robert Parker
92
Production Notes
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.
Vineyard Notes
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!

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