2014 Limited Cabernet Sauvignon
Almost black, the fruit jumps out of the glass. The nose exhibits hints of burnt toast, blackberry, cedar, and plums. Mouthcoating and inky, the black fruited, spicy palate is framed by fresh acidity, cocoa powder, cedar, and cinnamon.
94 points : Antonio Galloni, Jeb Dunnuck, and Wine Enthusiast
Santa Ynez Valley
9/17 & 10/8/2014
Warm periods in January and February brought budbreak three weeks earlier than normal in 2014. With lots of sun, warm days, and little rain, the rest of the growing season was a steady march toward an early harvest — about three weeks earlier than usual. For a third year in a row now, Brave & Maiden saw high yields with an exceptional crop.
De-stemmed to 2-4 ton fermenters, fermented for 14-21 days with 14 days extended maceration. Barreled down to 100% French oak, 33% new and aged for 23 months.