The 2014 vintage marked the third year of the California drought. Warm and dry conditions resulted in the earliest harvest start date, August 1, in theÂ history of Talley Vineyards. At 9 inches, total rainfall was less than 50% of the average for Coastal San Luis Obispo County. Ideal growing conditions during bloom time in the spring afforded excellent fruit set with very little mildew or botrytis pressure during the remainder of the season. The wines produced in 2014 share many of the characteristics that made the 2012 and 2013 vintages so appealing: Â charm, elegance and balance.
2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Robert Mondavi Winery
Brand: Robert Mondavi Winery
The 2012 growing season presented a classic example of the weather pattern that has made Napa Valley famous. Month after month of warm days, cool nights and no ill-timed rain allowed the crop to come to optimal maturity slowly and evenly, culminating in made to order harvest conditions. It was remarkably smooth sailing as we harvested the first few blocks of Pinot Noir on September 7th. We marveled at the beautiful weather and the exceptional quality of the fruit as the nearly-textbook harvest conditions continued. The final blocks came in on October 3rd. The wine exemplifies the excellence of the vintage: beautifully fragrant and flavorful, with impeccable balance.
The 2013 vintage gave us near perfect growing conditions and an early harvest. Spring conditions were warm and dry, which led to an early bud break and very even set. Aside from one hot spell at the end of June, temperatures remained moderate throughout the spring and summer. With only eight inches of rain from January through June, the vines had less green growth and an earlier turn to fruit development. Early October saw a major north wind event, bringing dry air off the arid northern California interior down across the coastal areas. Humidity during October 3-7 was very low, with strong winds buffeting all parts of Napa. Thirsty vineyards prompted harvest to accelerate even more than usual. In seven days, we brought in about 24% of our fruit. The first Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville was harvested off a young block on September 13 with the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon hitting the hopper on October 22. As harvest progressed, we became more and more aware that the color and intensity of Bordeaux reds would lead to a truly phenomenal vintage.
The 2013 growing season was warm and consistent throughout, perfect for the vines to ripen. Harvest started early in mid-August and extended into early November as fall brought cooler temperatures. The long, warm 2013 growing season resulted in beautifully ripe and balanced wines.