2014 Hendry Red Bordeaux Blend
27% Malbec (Block 14)
20% Petit Verdot (Block 15)
20% Cabernet Sauvignon (Block 8)
20% Merlot (Block 13)
13% Cabernet Franc (Block 26)
The Hendry Vineyard is located on benchlands west of the town of Napa. The vines grow on thin, stony clay soil between 200 and 300 feet above sea level. Morning fog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay moderate our climate. Our vineyard, which has been home to the Hendry family since 1939, is the sole source for grapes for all of our wines.
Each year, we pick our small blocks of Bordeaux varietals and ferment and barrel age them individually for approximately one year. After this first round of barrel aging, George Hendry creates a blend to make the best use of the components and highlight the virtues of the vintage. Our aim is to make a wine with a concentrated and balanced palate, complexity and longevity, but with softer tannins than our 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, which packs a powerful tannic punch for long-term aging.
In 2014, median budbreak in these blocks was March 14-24th, and bloom was between May 11th and the 16th. Veraison occurred July18-26th, and harvest was September 9-24th. These wines were aged for a total of 18 months in French oak barrels, approximately 70% of which were new.
Deep, dense, purple color, due to the inclusion of 27% Malbec and 20% Petit Verdot. Aromatically, it shows light spice and dark, honeyed fruit, along with herbal, meaty, smoky and savory elements. Silky and bright on the lively palate, increasing in palate depth with air. Plummy, berry fruit with bittersweet plum skin on the finish. Subtle, stealthy tannins. Easy-drinking, as is typical of this blend. Pair with seared filets, prime rib, braised meat—even coq au vin—and moderately rich dishes.