2014 Rowen Red Blend

Single Vineyard

Winemaking Notes

The 2014 ROWEN red blend is a lush and elegant wine consisting of wonderful high elevation, mountain fruit. The wine has aromas of dark berries, baking spices and violet blossoms from the co-fermented Viognier. On the palate, the wine is balanced and structured from the Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of blackberries, cassis, nutmeg and vanilla. Co-fermenting the Syrah with the Viognier is a classic Northern Rhone technique which adds an exotic floral element to the finished wine as well as a rounder mouthfeel.

The 2014 ROWEN is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec, 16% Syrah, 4% Viognier and 1% Petit Verdot.

Food pairings

Enjoy this wine now with sharp cheeses and charcuterie, braised lamb shanks or grilled filet mignon or cellar for enjoyment for years to come.

History

The season began with a mild, dry winter that encouraged early bud break in Sonoma County in 2014. The growing season was very warm overall, but tempered by overcast days in late July and late August plus a heavy drizzle in early September, which slowed ripening through extended hang time on the vines. We harvested the grapes at peak ripeness from September 17 through October 9 under ideal conditions.

The Vineyards

Bordeaux varietals thrive on steep terrain and volcanic soil and, our Cooley Ranch is precisely the kind of landscape they love, with elevations ranging from 500 to 2,040 feet. Cooley Ranch is blessed with a bright red, volcanic-based soil that is sought after for its high-quality grape-growing potential. Also, due to being above the fog line, Cooley warms up during harvest to allow for hotter growing temperatures and extra tannin development. All of this provides beautifully ripened fruit and balanced acidity.

For ROWEN Wines, we analyzed over 200 soil samples from across the 20,000 acre property. Our
winemakers found the best 200 acres to plant grapes on. We meticulously harvest grapes from these
acres that reflect the best of our superior lots of Bordeaux varietals, which flourish in more rugged
conditions and capture the distinctive influences of high elevation and cool Pacific breezes.

$55.00

Appellation:

Sonoma County

Varietal:

Red Wine

Alcohol:

14.5%

TA:

0.58gm/100ml

PH:

3.61

Cellar & Fermentation:

26 months in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new

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