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This is an appropriately explosive wine, with cherry fruit, leather and a hefty dose of oak, along with exotic spice hints of coriander and ginger on toasted bread. Robust and dark on the palate, this is a medium-weight, spice-driven wine with ripe plums and dark cherries. The wine finishes long and as it started, with oak and hints of exotic spice.
Poseidon, God of the Sea, is the namesake for our vineyard at the confluence of Carneros Creek and Napa River, mere miles from San Francisco Bay. In the small hours of August 24, 2014, Poseidon, who is also God of Earthquakes, struck his trident hard on the ground; the epicenter of his blow was directly below Poseidon Vineyard, 7 miles deep. Days later, in that third year of hard drought, many streams in the nearby Mayacamas Range began to flow anew. Poseidon, God of Springs, had unlocked the waters to usher us into harvest. We felt compelled to vinify a special Pinot Noir that had been strongly shaken on the vine just weeks before harvest, and have named this the 2014 Poseidon Vineyard "Epicenter" Pinot Noir.
Drought led conversations all over the farmlands and vineyards of California in early 2014. However, strong, compact rains in February and March helped secure a solid growing season for the vines through spring and early summer. The size of our crop was minimally affected, but it was slightly lower than the previous two years. During harvest, there were no extreme heat waves, which helped moderate ripening. The tricky issue was that, with the record-breaking drought, the vines ripened fruit earlier than ever before. Most of our varietals were ripening at the same time in early September, and it felt odd to be picking Cabernet Sauvignon alongside Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Timing aside, the modest temperatures of late summer and fall offered us the luxury of picking at optimum ripeness.
A selection of Pinot Noir from the epic 2014 Napa Earthquake whose epicenter was directly under the Primo's Hill vines, this wine was aged for 18 months in 100% new oak barrels, of which 50% from the southern Danube forests and 50% from the northern Tokaj forests.
Alex Beloz, Winemaker
Michael Blaise Terrien, Founding Winemaker