Our 2014 B Side Red Wine Blend is deeply structured with a core of herbaceousness and firm tannins. Aromas lift out of the glass with power—mocha, cigar box, cherry brandy and red currant play prominently in the nose. Subtle notes of marjoram, sage and herbs de provence add complexity. The flavors in this Red Wine Blend grab your attention—black currant, black plum and molasses are rich on the palate with nuances of caramel, sandalwood and chargrilled bread. Combining understated power and finesse, dried fruit flavors and the long, expressive finish will make you grab the bottle for another glass. We recommend pairing this wine with a bone-in steak, fettuccine carbonara or herbcrusted chicken with oven roasted Brussel sprouts.
Bordered by two mountain ranges, the valley stretches approximately 30 miles North to South, one mile East to West at its narrow Northern end and five miles at its widest point near the town of Napa. Its maritime climate—warm days and cool nights—coupled with deep yet not excessively fertile soils makes it ideally suited for the cultivation of premium grapes. The first grapes were planted here in 1838, and today Napa accounts for 4% of California's total wine production, focusing primarily on the top-end of the wine market.
2014 will be noted as one of the earliest harvests on record, and not to forget, one fraught with unlikely events. Between the August 6.0 earthquake, the infamous drought and a potentially harmful hail storm late summer we managed to make it out with a bountiful crop and picture perfect grapes across all varietals. Napa winemakers breathed a sigh of relief with the excellent growing season, from spring bud break through owering and verasion, the conditions were ideal. Warm sunny days gave way to breezy evenings with cool, foggy nights, maintaining a model for years to come.
B Side Cabernet Sauvignon tells the story of the flip-side of Napa Valley. Nestled in rural areas and rolling hills along the eastern edge of the Valley, these vineyards are just a few miles from the glamorous, high-priced wineries featured along Highway 29. The eastern side of Napa Valley includes areas such as Pope Valley, Chiles Valley, Wooden Valley, Stags Leap District and lower Calistoga. Vines in these areas are grown in thin volcanic soils, which yield smaller, more concentrated fruit, producing Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignons with classic berry and cassis flavor.