From Critic Antonio Galloni - The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Perseid is gorgeous. Dark, plum, raspberry jam, cloves, leather, mint and sweet spice are all beautifully delineated in this attractive, mid-weight Cabernet. Soft, silky tannins make the 2014 surprisingly approachable, even in its youth. All the elements are impeccably balanced in a precise, briskly delineated style that is so typical of the year. A long, beautifully persistent finish rounds things out in style.
From Critic Robert Parker - The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Perseid has a saturated blue/black color and beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit with some licorice, incense and camphor. It is full-bodied, elegant but pure, and dense, with a hint of minerality, but offers loads of fruit, body and extract. This wine is still youthful, and for a 2014, reasonably backward for the vintage. Give it another several years of bottle age and drink it over the following 20 years.
From Winemaker Dawnine Dyer - Deep rich blue hued, the 2014 Meteor Perseid opens with black cherry, ripe plum, a hit of blackberry and warm fig notes. Baking spices- clove and cinnamon work in concert with smokey cedar and sandalwood to add to the warm fruit characteristics. Barely perceptible earthy notes, reminiscent of juniper and fresh forest floor give weight. Tannins are precocious for a wine so young and are already silky and round- reflecting the 2014 vintage. Elegantly balanced and focused.
From Vineyard Manager Mike Wolf - 2014 marked the third consecutive year of drought in Napa Valley. The bulk of the below average rainfall came in February and March, providing adequate soil moisture for the initial push of vine growth in the spring. The bloomtime weather was quite favorable, producing a potentially large crop. This was followed by a very warm growing season, with several fairly severe heat spikes, which Meteor weathered quite well. Great care was taken to open up the canopies to allow good airflow and light penetration, while still protecting the fruit during the extreme heat events. Careful monitoring of the vineyard’s water status led to judicious irrigations in an effort to maintain proper vine balance during the entire season. Crop thinning was performed several times during the season, as is typical at Meteor, but the overall health of the vines still produced an above average sized crop. We were spared any negative impacts of the August 24th earthquake, and harvest took place at night, between September 17th and 22nd. Because of the early start to the season, the fruit had ample time to develop fully, even though harvest came earlier than is typical. The fruit was beautifully mature and well balanced at the time of harvest.
From Estate Director Eric Smith - If you could taste in Technicolor, this would be the wine to make it happen! Lip-smacking delicious with loads of blackberry, blueberry & dark chocolate covered cherries. Laser focused, intense yet profoundly elegant with polished and silky tannins. Easily our most approachable wine on release.