Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Red Table Wine
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren
Since its inception in 1999, this Eighty-Five Fifty-Five cuvee pays homage to our home and our winery address here in the Sonoma Valley. This winemaker’s choice red blend allows us to source and select the best grape varietals grown in Sonoma County, to showcase what we believe is a true representation of the special terroir available to us on our doorstep. Only produced from exceptional lots, this gem of a wine is created in our cellar, where we make a house blend that allows these varietals to shine together in a special cuvee selection.

Wine Advocate - 91 Points

"Blended of 25% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 12% Syrah and 6% Malbec, the 2014 Red Blend Cuvee Eighty Five Fifty Five sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of warm mulberries, crushed plums, black cherry tart and spice box with hints of menthol, bay leaves and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is rich and plush, lifted by a lively backbone and finishing long." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Tasting Notes

The final blend for this wine changes with each vintage creating an intriguing wine that is popular and beckons to be tried each year. The 2014 vintage offers expressive aromas of fresh, ripe blackberry, wild boysenberry, black currant, and blueberry. There are also notes of bittersweet chocolate, graphite and a dusty earthiness.

This rich and full-bodied wine has a dense fruit core with deep concentration adding to the overall complexity. Flavors of dark chocolate cocoa powder, juicy blackberry and blueberry fruit, are complemented by the smooth tannins and espresso-like, lengthy finish. This wine is drinking incredibly well upon release but is also capable of ageing for 10 years or more.

Winemaking Notes

The 2014 Eighty-Five Fifty-Five blend consists of Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (19%), Petit Verdot (18%), Syrah (12%), and Malbec (6%). Each component was aged separately for 25 months in a combination of French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels, of which 49% was new oak. Once the barrel selection was made, the wine was assembled and bottled.