94 PTS IN WINE ADVOCATE #228 (DEC 2016)
“The 2014 Signature Mountain Blend is 82% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. This wine is in a package well worth taking a look at. The blend is delicious and showcases some pretty sensational Merlot with its mocha, coffee bean, black cherry liqueur, and black currant fruit. Dense purple, opulent, rich and full-bodied, this is a multi-dimensional, fascinating and rich wine that can be drunk now or cellared for another 20 years.”
–Robert Parker Jr.
Our Signature Napa Valley Red Blend, a limited-production of 388 cases, represents the essence of Hertelendy winemaking with great purity, balance, and finesse. In 2014, we acquired our “Rockwell Ridge” Estate Vineyard on Howell Mountain (23 year old vines at 1365 feet elevation), and blended our grapes with other premium Bordeaux varietals from pristine, mature, mountainside vineyards on Pritchard Hill, Atlas Peak, and the Silverado foothills. The foundation of Hertelendy’s Signature Napa Valley Red Blend is sourced from our Rockwell Ridge Estate mountainside. On this steep rugged terrain overlooking the Napa Valley, these mature vines grow in thin tuffaceous volcanic soil, expressing the richness, complexity, and character from this unique terroir. All of the varietals were double sorted and underwent a long maceration. Aged for 23 months in 90% new French oak, we have taken a Right Bank Bordeaux stylistic approach and created a concentrated and elegant blend which satisfies the senses with its poise, divinity, and depth. Enjoy!
GROWING SEASON AND HARVEST
Similar to the 2013 season, 2014 offered fantastic growing conditions. We experienced exceptional weather during bloom and an early fruit set once again on our hillside slopes in the Napa Valley. As the year progressed, summer temperatures were idyllic, ensuring great hang time and no significant stress on the vines. With such optimal climate, and rain not a concern (as it was a drought year), we were able to wait and harvest exactly when we wanted, resulting in ultra-premium, perfectly ripened fruit with great balance, acidity, and concentration.
This ethereal Red Blend combines bold, mountainside structure with refined finesse, purity, and sophistication. Intense dense aromas of bright bing cherry, jammy brambleberry and blueberry, vanilla, rose water, and perfume are beautifully intertwined with rich mocha, earthy truffles, delicate minerality, seared leather, and butterscotch on the palate. With brilliant acidity, silky tannins, and balanced structure, we experience luxurious elegance fit for a king.
12% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot