James Suckling 91 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.
|Wine maker notes
|The fruit for this wine comes from both our sustainably farmed vineyard in Rutherford, and from local Napa Valley vineyards. Each vineyard block was harvested and made into an individual lot representing that block. The wines were pressed off the skins from 10 to 20 days after crushing. Blending generally takes place between January and April of the year following harvest.
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.