Napa Valley Reserve 2013
A warm, dry spring brought early bud break in 2013; we experienced ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity. Early ripening varietals came off the vines by early September, with perfect ripeness and ideal hang time. Two brief mid-September rains had virtually no impact, as sunny weather dried the grapes almost immediately. Cool, sunny weather throughout October allowed great flavor development. Overall, the 2013 harvest was early, even and excellent.
Well-established, low-yielding, hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit.
The grapes were hand picked at optimum ripeness. Following destemming, the grapes were stainless steel-fermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 34 months (100% new barrels) where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked prior to bottling.
With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the dense, concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Nicely integrated oak adds to the wine’s great complexity and long finish.
Ratings & Reviews
"Made in an approachable, drink-me-now style, this Cab flatters with its wealth of blackberries, cherries, currants, licorice and oak. It has rich, luxurious tannins and is full-bodied and dry."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Buying Guide, March 2014 Download PDF
"Medium-dark ruby; deep, rich, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma and hints of mint and wet stone; medium-full to full body; rich, textured, red currant and dark cherry flavors with a trace of vanilla and a supple mouthfeel; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now."
- California Grapevine, December 2013 Download PDF
• Varietal Composition: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 14.9%
• TA: 0.59 g/100ml
• pH: 3.76
• Oak Aging: 34 months
• Oak Cooperage French oak, 100% new
• Production: 476 cases