Iron Side Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (California), 2014
76% Cabernet Sauvignon
11% Petite Sirah
13% Paso Robles
Stainless steel fermented with up to 8 months barrel age in a blend of new and used French Oak.
The vintages of 2012 and 2013 were huge. In fact, they were record-breaking. 2014
was pretty big too, despite an 8% drop from the previous year. An early bud break and a smaller crop size resulted in accelerated ripening and one of the earliest harvests on record. An extended drought and unexpected earthquake did their best to mess with the vines, but quality reigned in the end. Grape bunches consisting of small berries with good concentration were the norm across most California wine regions. This is especially true of Paso Robles, where water is scarcer than ever. Here, the grapes ended up with a high skin to juice ratio.
The 2014 vintage of Iron Side Cabernet Sauvignon comes to you from Mendocino and Paso Robles. Out of all the wines we tasted, the wines from these two regions came together and just clicked. The Cabernet from Mendocino provided the wine’s classic aroma and texture; Paso Malbec added weight and richness, and the Petite Sirah delivered color and length. The best rock bands sometimes consist of only three members, talented enough to maintain intensity AND clarity from start to finish. This wine is no different.
It’s a pleasure to bring to you our third vintage of Iron Side Cabernet Sauvignon. The look may have changed a little, but you can expect the same bold, electrifying experience when you pop the cork.
Cellared and bottled by 90+ Cellars in Healdsburg, CA. 13.9% alcohol by volume. Contains sulfites.