Our 2014 Artisan 5 North Coast Masterpiece is a blend comprised of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc. It has a deep, dark robe resulting from an extended maceration during fermentation and careful ageing in oak barrels. The nose displays complex aromas with a combination of prune, blueberry and blackberry. The second nose reveals more aromas of vanilla, toasted oak, cigar box, savory characters and spicy notes of cinnamon and pepper. The mouth provides a round, silky, tannic structure in the attack. The French and American oak barrels play an immense role in the quality of this wine. There is a lot of length in the finish provided by ample lush tannins.
Very well-balanced, this wine will age well and is best enjoyed with rack of lamb, roast beef, roasted pork loin or a grilled Ribeye steak. Enjoy it with the featured recipe: Grilled Rosemary Beef Tenderloin.
This Masterpiece has been recognized at five different international wine competitions, including winning the Gold Medal at the 2017 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition and Silver Medals at both the 2017 International East Meets West Wine Challenge and the 2017 Sunset International Wine Competition.