The 2014 Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon invites with aromas of mixed berries, floral notes and earth. Juicy raspberry and blackberry fruits meld with subtle clove and spice. Warm, toasty oak enriches the wine and accentuates its round mouthfeel, but dominant fruit lingers on the palate from start to finish as the soft tannins add harmony and grace.
Named for the branding iron owned by the proprietor, the eight-and-a-half
acre Branding Iron Vineyard lies in western Oakville, close to the base of the
Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard is comprised of well-drained clay loam
and the vines are vertically trellised to maximize sunlight and open the canopy.
The area’s warm climate and sun exposure in both the morning and afternoon is
perfect for slowly ripening the fruit, which often benefits from a long hang time.