2014 Three Keys Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Three Keys Cabernet Sauvignon


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A very special wine made for our Great Tastes Wine Club Members

Only 300 cases were produced, and just two remain. Limit three bottles per person.

Nat Komes' grandfather, Jerry Komes, always said there were three keys to living life to the fullest. What the three keys were, however, he'd never say, no matter how much his eight grandchildren tried to coax it out of him. Was it "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," "Love, Kindness and a Sense of Humor?" Though he never passed on the secret, Nat pays tribute to him with this Rutherford-sourced wine, an expressive (unlike Jerry) Cabernet Sauvignon with sumptuous fruit flavors of black currant, blackberry, and blueberry and warm notes of allspice, sassafras and vanilla. With just enough acid to keep it lively on the palate, the wine reveals hints of cedar and dark licorice on a lasting finish lengthened by smooth, silky tannins.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cases Produced:296
Aging:20 months in 100% French oak barrels
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2028 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

In spite of a year that saw the continuation of California's drought in Napa Valley, vintners in the region celebrated another vintage for the record books in 2014. Heavy rains in late February and early March gave a much-needed drink of water to vines as they emerged from dormancy, and a warm, relatively frost-free spring allowed bud break, flowering and fruit set to proceed without interruption. Continued warm, dry weather throughout the summer brought the grapes to perfect ripeness in a harvest that was relatively early and also bountiful. 2014 was the third great vintage year in a row for Napa Valley, with vintners using phrases such as "excellent quality," "depth of flavor" and "exciting concentration" to describe the forthcoming wines. Though 2012 was a stellar vintage, 2013 may have been even better. In Napa Valley a warm, dry spring brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike, temperatures in June and July were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and ripening. Harvest was early, and when it came to a close it was about two weeks earlier than other Napa Valley harvests of the last decade.