The 2014 vintage was characterised by a dry winter, heavy rains in February and continued rainfall during the spring. The summer was calm, sunny and warmer than usual with heat spikes in June and July and then milder weather in August and September. The grapes ripened perfectly and as Dominus is one of the rare estates in Napa which is dry farmed (no irrigation) these growing conditions brought out the best in the wine. Made from a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc, picked throughout the month of September, the wine was aged in 40% new oak French barrels. This is an extremely elegant, silky Dominus with a bright dark intense purple colour, a nose of ripe plums, wild herbs and cedar; good depth of flavour on the palate and a long, fresh finish.