The grapes for our V Collection 2014 Pinot Noir came from the Moretti and Mueller vineyards in Carneros. Mueller Vineyard, nestled at the southern end of the appellation near the Sonoma border, is a flat vineyard with characteristics typical of the region: thin clay soils, frequent wind and significant cloud cover. Moretti Vineyard is on a mild slope with clay-loam soils.
The 2014 growing season resulted in a remarkable vintage for all varieties across Napa Valley. Exposure to late fall rain was largely avoided, thanks to the region’s earliest harvest on record. Although much of the fruit had already been picked by late August, a significant earthquake struck Napa on August 24, leaving growers and vintners with some unexpected twists during harvest season.
Following harvest, the fruit was sorted, gently pressed and fermented. The final wine was aged for 17 months in 100% French oak barrels, 36% of which were new.