James Suckling 93 points - Lots of blackberry and cherry aromas and flavors with hints of toasted oak. Full body, round and velvety texture. Fresh finish. Drink.
A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening.
|"The mineral, blueberry and pine-needle character is cool here. Bark. Full body but reserved and balanced, with fine tannins and a chocolate, berry and blueberry character. Extremely well done for the vintage, with style and panache. I like this better than the 2010 for its reserve and form."
93 Points James Suckling
|Wine maker notes
|an elegant, balanced Cabernet with flavors of black cherry, plum, and black tea, and hints of nutmeg, allspice, cassis, vanilla, and anise. The broad mid-palate is rich, the finish is long, and the tannins are lush.
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot
September 10 - October 22, 2013 Average Degrees Brix: 25.7
Aged for 18 months in American oak barrels (35% new barrels)
|This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon perfectly complements lamb, duck, beef and wild game.