Impulse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Impulse, a Left Bank Bordeaux-style Red Wine blend created from our California vineyards and inspired by Château Margaux.
Impulse varies according to the character of each vintage, however, Cabernet Sauvignon always predominates to give Impulse its rich tannin, its wealth of aroma and flavor, while Merlot, an inseparable companion, brings suppleness, roundness and exceptional length.
The dark color, the rich, deep, brooding intense nose and the magnificent structure on the palate are very reminiscent of our 2005 CMH. They have the same powerful, ripe tannin, with perhaps a little less concentration, but also less austerity.
Seldom has a vintage been from the start as powerful and concentrated. We would have to go back to the legendary 2005 to find a previous vintage with such richness and such balance. Full and rich on the palate 2014 is an astonishing vintage; its tannic structure is powerful, ripe and dense yet strangely soft.
The bouquet is starting to open out; we can therefore drink it, knowing full well that it is still only showing a limited part of its enormous potential and will continue to improve for at least eight to ten years.
A beautiful wine impulsive and delicious. Decant for at least one hour and serve at 65°F
Only 153 cases produced. Our vineyards are farmed to the code of sustainable agriculture using traditional techniques, based on strict control of yields, manual harvests and numerous quality specific tasks that are carried out by hand throughout the year.
Little or no chemical fertilizers are used. Selection and planting of cover crops and their return to the soil provides additional organic nutrients allowing our vines to reach an advanced age and produce outstanding grapes.
The Appellation is North Coast because we wanted to use the best grapes regardless of where they were grown.
In France, Cabernet Sauvignon does best on the Left Bank while Merlot and Cabernet Franc is better from the sandy clay soils of the Right Bank.
In California, Cabernet Sauvignon grows best in the heat of Napa’s mountains while Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec thrive in the slightly cooler, sandy clay soils of Sonoma.
When we mix these applications they become “North Coast.”
The grapes from each plot are fermented in separate five-ton, temperature-controlled, stainless steel fermentation tanks in order to preserve the identity of the terroir.
Upon completion of alcoholic fermentation, the wines are tasted before being drawn off to the fine wine tanks. The free run juice and the pomace are separated and the pomace is pressed independently in order to extract the “press wine” separately.
A second fermentation phase, called malolactic fermentation, takes place in tank before the wine is transferred into barrels.
The ageing phase commences in the cellar and takes 20 months during which the cellar master racks the wines regularly in order to clarify them naturally. No fining agents are used so the wines remain vegan.
While ageing, several tastings from each barrel are carried out. Blending takes place after the individual wines have aged in barrel for a little over twelve months and have started to show their development.
The blends are then returned to barrel for around eight months allowing them to integrate into a wine with its own unique characteristics.
All of the barrels come from French cooperages with whom we have had an association for over twenty years. Selected from two French forests, the wood is air dried and coopered over a five-year production period and finished with a special “toasting” suited to the delicate characteristics of our wines.