The warm and dry winter awakened the vines early, and spring began with a fast and determined start. 2014 was the third vintage of little rainfall, marking the confirmed trend of a drought cycle. Rain fell during crucial moments of the plant’s growth cycle, offering an appropriate soil moisture content for the vines to provide a plentiful harvest. The growing season was warm and dry and it provided balanced ripening and retained fresh acidity in the berries.
Bold, rich dark cherry and loganberry with dark chocolate mocha play center stage for the aromatics. As the wine washes across the palate, the flavors compliment the aromatics, and the acidity balances the wine. The tannin profile is akin to a dark chocolate truffle, fully coating the palate and providing graceful form and structure. This is a wine that shows harmony between power and softness, with accenting notes of blackcurrant, boysenberries and subtle licorice. The dark fruit and balanced body suggest that this wine is the finest M by Michael Mondavi to date.