With very little precipitation and ideal growing conditions, the 2014 vintage offered picture-perfect growing conditions in the Santa Lucia Highlands, delivering the third spectacular vintage in a row.
2014 Parker Wine Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Sauvignon Blanc 750 mL
Manufacturer: Parker Wine
Brand: Parker Wine
The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc was harvested by hand in early September. After a gentle whole cluster press, the juice was racked to tank and allowed to cold settle over two days. The juice was then racked clean to a new stainless steel tank where fermentation commenced. Fermentation temperatures were not allowed to climb over 75 degrees. Post fermentation the wine was racked to stainless steel barrels where batonnage occurred for three months. The wine was then allowed to settle out prior to bottling. Total elevage was seven months.
2014 Miranda Lambert White Liar Unoaked Chardonnay 750 ml Wine
Manufacturer: Red 55 Winery
Brand: Miranda Lambert
In naming our wines, we wanted to select those that would reflect the spirit of the wine as well as the attributes of Miranda. Southern Belle came to mind. In defining the word Belle we found it to be the perfect fit for this sweet wine as well as for Miranda. Simply put, it means the most beautiful. With her true southern spirit, she epitomizes southern hospitality and beauty while being a just a little bit flirty.
2012 Keyways Vineyard and Winery Limited Selection Riesling, Temecula Valley 750 mL
Manufacturer: Keyways Vineyard and Winery
Brand: Keyways Vineyard and Winery
Temecula Valley, located in the Southern California wine country, had a great 2012 grape harvest. The year began with a cool spring and early summer, which gave the grapes quality time to develop. While this resulted in a longer growing season for the grapes, the high heat in mid-August and early September led to a quick-paced harvesting across the valley. Overall, yields were slightly higher than forecastsâ€”5-8 percent higher in some areas. Grape quality was really niceâ€” fantastic color and strong flavor concentration providing a balanced juice.
After two vintages with some of the coolest temperatures on record, 2012 presented us with warm, consistent weather. The dry summer produced fruit of a rich full character in a perfect tension with acidity. The heat units allowed ever so slightly higher alcohol levels.
2014 Willamette Valley Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling 375 mL
Manufacturer: Willamette Valley Vineyards
Brand: WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS
The 2013 vintage was marked by a particularly cold and wet spring, resulting in a low fruit set. Spring was followed by an idyllic long, warm and dry summer that produced grapes of exceptional flavor development and ripeness. Rain came late in the season and created two ranges of quality in the vintage. Prior to the rain the fruit was bright and acidic. After the rain the fruit was more highly evolved with added sweetness. This vintage highlights concentrated, well-balanced red wines while offering a wonderful purity of fruit and complex flavors in the whites. Overall the vintage will be known for its excellent aging potential, lower alcohols, balanced acidity and overall concentration.