2014 Hobel Cabernet Sauvignon The Grain
Grain: The orientation of wood-cell fibers; the arrangement or direction of fibers in wood.
The Grain, our 2014 release from the Engelhard (Ciminelli) Vineyard, is a beautiful wine that stands shoulder to shoulder with our 2012 and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignons from this vineyard. Opaque and dark purple in color, it has a brooding powerful nose of blackberry, black cherry, dried herbs. The weighty, rich palate has loads of creme de cassis and milk chocolate framed nicely with fine dusty tannins. As is typical of our prior wines from the Engelhard Vineyard, the finish is carried beautifully by the acidity.
The Notes (From Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown)
2014s showed much more transparency than the 2013s. Vintage character dominated the 2013s, whereas varietal and site expression mark the 2014s which, for me as a winemaker, is a much more enjoyable experience. Wines took a little longer in tank to color up and concentrate so time on skins went from an average of 14-16 days to 18-19 days. The wines continued to concentrate in barrel, improving every time we sampled them.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon