Ripe stone fruit and slightly smoky on the nose. Its flavors are rich plum and violet with a slight hint of vanilla coupled with balanced oak tannin.
For the 2014 vintage the wine in this BOTTAIA bottle got all the beautiful fruit from Block 34, which in 2014 was just hitting its peak of production and the fruit was lush.
"The aromatic presence of tobacco, plum and smoke mingle in this powerhouse of an Italian red wine. On the palate, the lavender and violet notes blend in with an intensification of the spicy plum flavors from the nose. While oak is present, its integration is also evident, filling the mouth with spice and hints of vanilla and smoke that linger. The finish at first pays homage to the rustic tannin that is the hallmark of Old World examples, but moments later refines to an elegance that can only be the fruition of its vinification and élevage here in the Temecula Valley in our modern, new-world winery at BOTTAIA. Keeping true to our mission, the best of both worlds coalesce in this delicious bottle of wine." - WINEMAKER DON CRANK III
The 2014 vintage of BOTTAIA spent a good portion of its élevage in our large casks, now homed in the upper deck of the Fermentation Hall at BOTTAIA. A smaller portion was put into more traditional barrels for just over 16 months. The final blend balanced the oak perfectly.