Looking back at 2014, it was another drought year in California, which isn’t always a bad thing when your winemaker prefers the vines to stress a bit in the name of quality. Despite the drought, 2014 was a very consistent growing season that produced a record yield for Seaver Vineyards. What’s more, the quality of the 2014 GTS rivals that of the much lauded 2013. The wine is lush with a long finish and we found it to be a bit more approachable a little earlier than the 2013. The 2014 vintage was rated 94+ points by Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate, #228. In his review Mr. Parker is quoted “…the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon GTS is a gorgeous example of Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.” The recommended drinking window is now, 2016, to 2032.
Looking ahead we thought it important to mention to you now that 2015 was a very different year than 2013 or 2014 in terms of yield. Because 2015 was a challenging growing season, yields were down dramatically all across the valley including at Seaver Vineyards. As a result, allocations next year will be significantly smaller than they are this year. While we prefer our production to remain constant from year to year (like it was in 2012, 2013, and 2014) mother nature sometimes has a different plan. On the plus side, the 2015 is coming along nicely in barrel and we are excited to see how it matures.
We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing the 2014 with you; the 10th release in our history!
Tom & Nancy Seaver
The 2014 GTS Cabernet Sauvignon is a striking example of what this vineyard can produce. The color displays an opaque garnet core with a ruby rim. Rich aromas of clove, fresh leather, mint, and cassis swell from the glass. The palate consists of a balanced and harmonious fruit and mineral core. Notes of cedar bark, plum, bramble, flint, cocoa nib and nutmeg are tightly interwoven. Representative of the vintage, the tannin structure of this wine is very well integrated, providing a very sleek trajectory and mouth feel. With a little time in a decanter this wine should be very enjoyable today but certainly will age gracefully for a few decades.
Thomas Rivers Brown