The hallmarks of 50 Harvests have always been a subtle expression of balance, structure and longevity that are well represented in this, our fifth release from Napa’s heralded 2015 vintage. A medium ruby color is accented by plush tones of crimson leading to a nose of spice and cola surrounding the well rounded notes of blue berries and black cherries. The well integrated palate is rich and bold with a succulent mouthfeel framed by sweet tannins. Each component of the nose carries forward on the palate accompanied by hints of raspberry and red currant in the back for a bright edge to accentuate a strong sense of balance and structure. A lingering finish brings forward the character of each element while adding an overall sense of complexity in its layered presentation.
2014 was the third in an exemplary string of outstanding Napa Valley vintages expressing a virtual cross between the elegance of 2012 and sheer power of 2013. A bright crimson color combines with shades of garnet to create an appealing first impression. The nose exhibits strong black current notes supported by a mix of aromatics ranging from floral scents to tea leaves, tobacco and pomegranate. On the broad and richly balanced palate, black current continues to dominate with the support of black berries and cherries along with a touch of spice. The suppleness of the nose and palate carry on to a seductive and layered finish that just lingers on. The overall impression is one of balance with a silky mouthfeel accented by a Bordelaise character of stony/slate like minerality. All of these fine attributes combine effortlessly with an infinite underlying structure to guarantee early enjoyment and longevity in the bottle.
To enhance the complexity of this Meritage wine, and in keeping with Bordelaise tradition, each component varietal was fermented and aged separately prior to blending and bottling. The classic Bordeaux character of this 2013 50 Harvests bottling is expressed from its deep garnet color to the aromas of violets, rhubarb and tea. It is deeply structured with complex layers of flavors including black current, pepper, red and black berries along with a hint of a Graves-like graphite complemented by finely textured tannin and a long lingering finish. A wine to enjoy in its youth but further bottle aging through 2025 will award you with additional depth and complexity.