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2014 Signature Mtn Blend

2014 Signature Mtn Blend
94 Pts Robert Parker

This ethereal Red Blend combines bold, mountainside structure with refined finesse, purity, and sophistication. Intense dense aromas of bright bing cherry, jammy brambleberry and blueberry, vanilla, rose water, and perfume are beautifully intertwined with rich mocha, earthy truffles, delicate minerality, seared leather, and butterscotch on the palate. With brilliant acidity, silky tannins, and balanced structure, we experience luxurious elegance fit for a king.

The foundation of Hertelendy’s ethereal Proprietary Napa Valley Red Blend is sourced from our Rockwell Ridge Estate mountainside vineyard located at a high elevation of 1365 ft on the slopes of Howell Mountain. On this steep rugged terrain overlooking the Napa Valley, these mature 23-year old vines grow in thin tuffaceous volcanic soil, expressing the richness, complexity, and character from this unique terroir. By blending Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot sourced from premium vineyards on Pritchard Hill, Howell Mountain, and Atlas Peak, we have taken a Right Bank Bordeaux stylistic approach and created a concentrated, structured, and balanced blend which satisfies the senses with its purity, depth, and finesse. Enjoy!

Varietal Composition: 82% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec & 2% Petit Verdot
388 Cases Produced

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Bordeaux Blend
Appellation
Napa Valley
Aging
23 months - 90% new French and Hungarian Oak
Alcohol %
14.70
Wine Enthusiast
94
Robert Parker
94
Wine Advocate
94
Wine Profile
Ratings
"The 2014 Signature Mountain Blend is 82% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. This wine is in a package well worth taking a look at. The blend is delicious and showcases some pretty sensational Merlot with its mocha, coffee bean, black cherry liqueur, and black currant fruit. Dense purple, opulent, rich and full-bodied, this is a multi-dimensional, fascinating and rich wine that can be drunk now or cellared for another 20 years." — Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 94 Points
Awards
Editor's Choice — Wine Enthusiast
Other Notes
"This is a Merlot-driven blend at 82%, with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. The Merlot is from an older site on Howell Mountain. Spicy nutmeg seasons a soft, rounded palate of integrated tannin and full-bodied but balanced weight, the fruit flavor crisp in cherry, raspberry and cassis, just a touch of butterscotch revealed at the wine's end." — Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, 94 Points