' Vintners Collective - 2014
 
 
 
 
 

2014

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Exotically elegant, the subtle nuances of this wine are followed by a lingering finish. The nose opens to an alluring perfume of raspberry, rose hips, and mandarin followed by rich aromas of tobacco, cedar, and forest floor. Spiced throughout with cinnamon, lavender, and sage, the fruit expands in the glass and fills the palate with kirsch, cherry preserve, dried cranberries, and hints of tea, clove, and tangerine.  The mouth feel is soft and rich, with a considerable acidic lift. Toward the back, it reveals an earthen and tannic strength, and the finish is long and dominated by fine, dry tannins and dried spices and fruits.  With age this wine deepens and softens, rewarding the palate while exhibiting an even more exotic nose as the bouquet develops.

$55.00 per Bottle

An impressive balance of ripe integrated fruit revealing deep layers of lush, rich and vibrant flavors to the palate with a seductive, velvety finish. Our Classic Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the true essence of Napa Valley. A distinct, handcrafted wine, which embodies our devotion and hands-on approach to quality winemaking.

$76.00 per Bottle

Expect to find wild blackberry, violet, blueberry, dark chocolate, white pepper, exotic spice, bright fruit and the Buoncristiani signatures of balance, depth on the mid palate, and a lengthy persistent finish. Seventeen months aging in 40% new French oak barrels rounded out the palate even further, while adding more texture, aroma, and flavor components.

$61.00 per Bottle

Leading into the 2014 season, drought conditions worried growers throughout Napa Valley. Yet, bud break came early and beautiful weather prevailed. Our reservoirs had filled, but water management in the vineyard was crucial.  Timely irrigation was essential to produce perfectly ripe fruit.

In the end, every piece of the puzzle came together. There were no damaging heat spikes during the growing season and ripening balanced the early bud break with an equally early harvest. What could have been a disappointing vintage turned out to be another beauty.

After very detailed selection in the vineyard, the most ideal fruit made its way to the winery. Then, pampered like the baby it was, the chosen grapes received optical sorting, barrel fermenting, and hand punch downs. Each step designed to allow a slow unfolding of the 2014 Eternity.

$135.00 per Bottle

The 2014 Estate Cabernet provokes exquisite expectations with its presentation of deep dark sienna and touches of ruby on the rim of the glass. This is followed by an intensely concentrated nose of dark black berries and cassis with additions of cedar, cherries and chocolate. While on the palate you experience a velvety entrance that remains round and rich with layers of cherry, sage, boysenberries, plum liquor and bergamot. Safely said, this beauty will satisfy all of the senses as it lingers for a long finish.

$91.00 per Bottle

Bright, medium ruby color with purple overtones. The wine offers generous aromas of violet, plum, anise, cassis, and mint with restrained floral overtones. On the palate, the wine has well-balanced clean fruitiness. Elegant and light on the palate, with medium body and medium ripe tannins with juicy plum, cassis, blackberry, and dusty coffee notes in the background, all magnified on a long and subtle finish.

$40.00 per Bottle
The nose displays a pretty mix of violet, black fruits, orange blossom, and bergamot. On the palate the wine shows red and black current intermingled with mocha and earth notes. There is a ton of structure, and, at the same time, is very elegant. The texture feels “just right” with fine grained, supple, ripe tannins. This wine shows a little less grip in the palate than the 2013.
 
$96.00 per Bottle

The nose has vibrant notes of lead pencil and cassis...a very classic Bordeaux bouquet. The cassis note persists in the palate along with ripe black plum skin and tobacco

$151.00 per Bottle
Our 2014 Syrah displays classic Rhone aromatics of white pepper, bacon fat, and savory herbs. The palate has lush layers of blue and black fruits balanced with a bright acidity that elevates the fruit profile. This is a wine that will handle food very well. Top pairings would be richer dishes like lamb or cassoulet. It also handles spicy foods better than Bordeaux varieties do. We love pairing our Syrah with Indian food
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$76.00 per Bottle

The Chardonnay was picked ripe by hand, whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented, and aged on lees for two years in french oak, 1/3 new. The flavors are integrated and rich, with hints of pear, cashew, butterscotch and cream.

$41.00 per Bottle

Audēre (Latin)--To dare! To venture! Audēre was born from premium hillside Napa Valley grapes. All of this mountain fruit comes from Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain, Pritchard Hill, & the Silverado foothills, and was barrel aged for 23 months in 90% new French & Hungarian oak. Unlike the 2013 Audēre, which was predominantly Merlot based, this 2014 vintage is technically a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon even though we classify it as a "red blend." This gives us the freedom every vintage to create the best possible blend after we put together our top tier flagship wines. 

The label design is similar to last year’s vintage which played upon a gothic theme of the Hertelendy Family coat of arms used on our other labels, but with a twist. Pour yourself a glass, and then dim the lights to reveal the surprise...if you dare!

$76.00 per Bottle

This bold Cabernet combines classic mountainside structure with graceful purity and sophistication.  The aromas reveal dark cherry, blackcurrant, and crème de cassis, along with notes of mocha, leather, and vanilla.   Rich notes of ripe, dark fruit and baking spices are layered with velvety, lush tannins and an explosive, long-lingering finish.  Flirtatious nuances evolve within the textural expansiveness, culminating in a wine that displays elegance, opulence, and finesse.  

$136.00 per Bottle