2014

CURRENT VINTAGE

A late spring and relatively mild summer translated into a leisurely and quite enjoyable growing season. Just enough rainfall during July and August allowed us to dry farm for the entirety of the vintage and a stunning September ripened the fruit beautifully. Harvest for Lost Mountain began with the merlot on September 24th and was completed on October 2nd with the harvest of our best blocks of cabernet sauvignon.

LOST MOUNTAIN

The depth and energy immediately apparent in this wine is a signature of the 2014 growing season. The wine enters with a concentration of crisp black fruits coupled with subtle youthful notes reminiscent of a French patisserie. Generously structured, with ample fine grain velvety tannins supporting a long mineral finish, the wine offers immense pleasure now and we expect it will for quite some time. It will indeed be a vintage we will follow with great pleasure for years to come. 

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 72%
CABERNET FRANC 16%
MERLOT 12%

RENDEZVOUS

The 2014 Rendezvous enters with refreshing notes of blueberries and black currants, supported by a depth of minerality. A vibrant acidity energizes the wine while ample fine grain and rounded tannins provide a lingering finish. The 2014 vintage has all the structure and freshness necessary for a wine of complexity and tremendous aging potential. 

MERLOT 42%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 23%
CABERNET FRANC 20%
PETIT VERDOT 15%


2013

Thanks to frequent rains and warm temperatures, a rather steamy spring and summer kept the vineyard team humming. We recall optimistically commenting at the end of August that if Mother Nature decided to cooperate, we would have a wonderful year. Fortunately, she lavished us with cool, dry weather throughout the entire autumn. The early warmth gave the wines generosity, and the perfect autumn conditions ensured concentrated and balanced fruit.

LOST MOUNTAIN
18/20 Jancis Robinson

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 53%
CABERNET FRANC 27%
MERLOT 20%

RENDEZVOUS
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

MERLOT 44%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 25%
CABERNET FRANC 22%
PETIT VERDOT 9%

2012

Long growing seasons are often credited with producing wines of elevated aromatic and flavor complexity, and this is exactly what happened in 2012. The growing season began ten days early but mild temperatures and consistent rains resulted in a harvest that was a week later than usual. Several weeks of a stunning Indian summer in September provided the ideal amount of stress to beautifully ripen the Merlot and give the Cabernet Sauvignon the gentle push it needed. The resulting wines are characterized by rich flavors, charming aromatics, and a seamless structure.

LOST MOUNTAIN
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 46%
CABERNET FRANC 40%
MERLOT 14%

RENDEZVOUS
17/20 Jancis Robinson

MERLOT 57%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 22%
CABERNET FRANC 12%
PETIT VERDOT 9%

2011

In 2011 Mother Nature proved temperamental at times, testing our site and our determination. A quick but violent hailstorm in early July reduced the crop load by 30 percent. Luckily, the vines are resilient, and by late August we were again optimistic—until Hurricane Irene and a month of unrelenting cloudy weather paid us a visit, reducing our yields by another 40 percent. Despite these struggles, we were thrilled with the remarkable, elegant wines produced. The only thing we are left wanting is more bottles in the cellar.

LOST MOUNTAIN
17/20 Jancis Robinson

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 50%
CABERNET FRANC 31%
MERLOT 16%
PETIT VERDOT 3%

RENDEZVOUS
16+/20 Jancis Robinson

MERLOT 69%
CABERNET FRANC 23%
PETIT VERDOT 8%

2010

Record temperatures in late March set the momentum for the hot and dry season that would follow. With the vines breaking bud in early April, the season began nearly three weeks ahead of average. Much to our pleasant surprise, these dry Mediterranean conditions continued all the way through harvest, which began in early September and was complete by mid-October. Small intense berries produced wines with tremendous concentration and power that will undoubtedly age gracefully for many years to come.

LOST MOUNTAIN
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 64%
MERLOT 36%

RENDEZVOUS
16/20 Jancis Robinson

MERLOT 44%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 24%
PETIT VERDOT 20%
CABERNET FRANC 12%

2009

We began with a later than normal start due to a cool and wet spring, one that continued into the beginning of June. Fortunately, flowering was successful and dry warm weather arrived by July. August and September provided ideal ripening conditions with very moderate temperatures and minimal rainfall. Harvest began in mid-September with the Merlot and continued through the end of a cool October with the Cabernet Sauvignon. As a result, the wines show great finesse and balance, expressing a vintage void of excesses.

LOST MOUNTAIN
18/20 Jancis Robinson

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 77%
MERLOT 14%
PETIT VERDOT 9%

RENDEZVOUS
17/20 Jancis Robinson

MERLOT 35%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 32%
CABERNET FRANC 21%
PETIT VERDOT 12%

2008

In our inaugural vintage, a warm and dry June encouraged a healthy flowering. Consistent light rains followed. This proved to be a blessing, establishing the new vineyards with a strong canopy needed to sustain the plants through the increasingly dryer summer months. Because the vines were young and the conditions hot and dry, harvest took place in early September. The resulting wines display a density of opulent fruit while retaining a balance of elegance and complexity.

LOST MOUNTAIN (known as RdV for our first vintage)
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 85%
MERLOT 10%
PETIT VERDOT 5%

RENDEZVOUS
16.5 Jancis Robinson

MERLOT 62%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 29%
CABERNET FRANC 6%
PETIT VERDOT 3%