2014 Clos du Bois Marlstone Red Blend Alexander Valley
The Marlstone has an inky black color with a ruby red hue. Complex aromas of blackberry, black currant, mocha, and cedar round out the nose. In the mouth, the wine has dense concentrated black fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry and black currant. This wine is rich and full-bodied and finishes with round chewy tannins.
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
A second consecutive year of drought was the primary concern entering the 2014 growing season in Northern California. A mild winter, with very low rainfall, gave way to an early Spring, resulting in bud break two to three weeks ahead of normal in most growing areas. Heavy rainfall in April saturated the soil profile and refilled reservoirs with water sufficient to irrigate vineyards for the growing season, but not enough to end the drought. The vines set a modest size crop with some varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon showing below average yields on the North Coast. Moderate weather conditions prevailed for the late spring and summer, providing ideal conditions for flavor development in the ripening grapes. Due to the early bud break and the ideal growing conditions harvest started 2-3 weeks early and progressed smoothly. Indian Summer weather patterns prevailed through the Fall allowing the grapes to ripen to full maturity prior to being picked and resulting in wines of exceptionally high quality and concentration.