The 2014 growing season was an exceptional one in Sonoma, with a perfect early bloom matched by a beautiful veraison. It was steadfastly sunny yet not too hot, providing a perfect ripening for Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with a longer ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon yielding fruit expressions with elegant and spicy tannins. I consider Sonoma terroir one of the best in the world for Bordeaux blends; it is endowed by complex topography, diversity of soils and an exceptional climate. These elements are all elevated by the influence of the Pacific Ocean, which brings a loyal cooling wind to regulate the temperature every evening. Harvest took place September 3rd through September 20th. – Pierre Seillan, Vigneron
Driven by Merlot, this complex and texturally expansive wine offers notes of black fruit, violet, savory spice and cocoa powder. The palate of soils resounds throughout the wine, which displays exceptional balance and length.
10% Cabernet Franc
The 2014 La Muse is a legendary effort. The wine offers an opaque purple color and a gorgeous nose of lead pencil shavings, blackberry, incense, Asian spice, cocoa, plum and a touch of chocolate and barrique. On the palate, more cassis and blackberry come to the forefront. The wine is unctuous, with adequate acidity and a stunning energy under massive fruit and body. This is a spectacularly fragrant and, at the same time, dense wine, with enough structure to last 35-45 years.