2014 Ovid Napa Valley Red Wine, Napa Valley, USA (750ml)
The 2014 Ovid has really come together nicely since I last tasted it a few months ago. From the beginning, the 2014 has had a slightly raw, unevolved feel that has gradually resolved itself, allowing the wine's pure power and gravitas to come through. Plush, dark and somewhat somber, the 2014 shows the clear effects of the drought in its inward personality. I would prefer to give the 2014 at least another few years in the cellar.
- Anthonio Galloni, 96 pts
2014 was the third consecutive year of DROUGHT in Napa Valley. We received almost no rain in all of 2013 and LITTLE RAIN in 2014 until the storms in February. They provided a bit of respite and relief but were immediately followed by unusually WARM temperatures that ushered in an early bud break. A warm, dry growing season followed until August, when temperatures rose just a bit – a HARBINGER of good things to come. Harvest began early and went quickly. Ours started on September 4th and ended in an exuberant flurry on the 24th, just a day before a locally heavy rain and hailstorm. Austin Peterson, Winemaker August 31, 2016 The resulting 2014 Ovid Napa Valley wine shares many characteristics with OVID wines from the previous two DROUGHT VINTAGES. It is a wine possessing both the PROFOUND HEFT and tremendous focus of the 2013 vintage. And it offers dense aromatics of MULBERRY, dark chocolate, blackberry and tobacco that literally SPRING from the glass – reminiscent of the vintage two years prior. SUNSHINE defined all three of these vintages and we hope you can taste that radiant joy in this RICH and resonant wine. RIPENED, let them come forth FREELY; begotten, let them GROW Sponte fluant matura sua- sine crescere nata; Est pretium parvae non leve vita more --Ovid, Amores ii. xiv. - line 25. Cellar for at least one year after receipt and decant for at least 3 hours when young. This wine will age beautifully for at least 25 years.
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