2014 Hamel Family Wines Isthmus

2014 Hamel Family Wines Isthmus

Vintage Notes:

In the midst of the ongoing California drought, the winter rains came later than expected with much less precipitation than normal. Luckily, the spring rains were robust and soaked deeply into the vineyards’ soils, which allowed for further dry farming and led to lush canopies. The constant warm spring temperatures led to a very early bud break and bloom that was followed by a fast and uniform flowering, ensuring a good fruit set consisting of smaller cluster sizes. Sonoma’s warm summer guaranteed even ripening of grapes. Most varietals were picked a few days ahead of the 2013 vintage resulting in very concentrated, robust flavors.


Tasting Notes:

A dark red color in the glass, the wine shows an aromatic interplay of dark plums, blackberries, violets, caramel and nutmeg. Cassis, soy and earth notes emerge on the palate, which broadens out through the mid-palate to a long and extended finish. A stony minerality adds an additional layer of complexity. While the wine is accessible in its adolescence, it will only continue to gain intricacy and depth over the next ten years.


Technical Notes:

  • Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc
  • Appellation: Sonoma Valley
  • Vineyards: Hamel Family Ranch, Nuns Canyon
  • Production: 656 Cases
  • Fermentation: 48% New French Oak Barrels, 38% Concrete Tanks, 14% Stainless Steel Tanks
  • Aging: 26 Months, 75% New French Oak Barrels, 25% Once-Used French Oak Barrels
  • Bottling Date: 2/7/17
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • pH: 3.63
  • Titrarable Acidity: 6.0 g/L

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