Cabernet Sauvignon

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Why You'll Love It

The 2013 Clos Pegase Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep inky purple color. This wine possesses intense complex fruit notes of blackberry jam, kirsch and blackcurrant framed by scents of vanilla orchid, violet, dark chocolate, tar and a touch of church incense. This well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon deftly balances intense mineral-tinged fruit, ripe abundant tannins and a rich full mouthfeel with a prominent mid-palate fruit lift and a lengthy finish. The balance of fruit, tannin and acidity ensures ageability.

Harvest Notes

After the exceedingly wet November and December of 2012, 2013 turned droughty and warm, accelerating budbreak and resulting in an even and fertile bloom. Similar to 2012, warm temperatures continued into the late spring and early summer without significant heat events, prolonged cool periods or measureable rainfall – essentially perfect weather for winegrape growing at the highest level. Andthese ideal conditions lead to uniform véraison. As harvest approached, the combination of warmer days and cooler nights ensured full physiological ripeness of the fruit both in terms of fruit flavor development and tannin maturity together with acidity retention so crucial for fine wine balance; however, because the peak daytime temperatures exceeded those in 2012, this vintage was the earliest in over a decade.

Winemaker Notes

This Atlas Peak fruit is dominated by classic mountainside characteristics, with big tannins and extremely complex flavors. The warm growing area with south-facing exposures, rocky but uniform soils, and nestled between two ridges all contribute to the ideal setting of this vineyard location. The individual lots of wine were racked at the completion of malolactic fermentation in the winter following harvest. In the summer of 2014 the wines were re-evaluated and individual lots were racked as needed. The finished wine blend was put up to tank in early August of 2015 after a total élevage of 21 months.