2014 Lady Hill Cuvée Étienne Lucier
Extended barrel aged hues of currant to brick at the rim indicate the full 24 months in barrel resting sur lie. This process produces not only a lighter color profile, but also an elegant sophistication to the mouthfeel. Layered with tart red berries and sweet barrel spice you’ll find savory hints of olive and mint alongside cocoa and tobacco leaf. Because of the cool nature of this warm climate site, the tannins are chalky as the compacted volcanic clay provides a clean minerality throughout the finish. Though the tannins are structured for drinking young, this cool take from a warm vintage is sure to last a few years longer than its fruit forward followers. Expect the flavors to evolve gracefully into a savory masterpiece through 2025.