THE RAVENS - 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our single, estate vineyard. Yields are kept down and organically farmed to achieve the best expression of the fruit. The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted then naturally fermented with the vineyard's indigenous yeast.
The 2014 vintage showcases increasing complexity and sense of place as our vineyard continues to mature and deepen. Elegantly structured and aromatic, this wine expresses both bright and earthy notes.
We are quite excited about the 2014 The Ravens, as it marks our first vintage working with Tuscan amphorae. These handmade, terra-cotta vessels show the pure taste of our Cabernet Sauvignon without the influence of oak. Although comprising only 20% of the blend, the amphora-aged portion adds a distinctly mineral freshness to the finished wine. The wine is aged for over 20 months in amphora and French oak barrels made by small-production coopers. It is bottled unfiltered and unfined.
While approachable now, the tannins innate to our wine would benefit from aging and promise a long drinking window.
And starting with this release, we have begun dipping our bottles in a softer, more forgiving wax that is darker in color, recalling the bark of the beloved Manzanita trees that characterize our Calistoga landscape.