2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville, Napa Valley


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Why You'll Love It

With a deep, inky color, this wine possesses brooding exotic dark fruit notes of ripe blackberries, black cherries, and crème de cassis complemented by scents of violets, graphite, church incense and a touch of sweet cedar. This bold and hedonistic Cabernet Sauvignon deftly balances fleshy mineral-tinged fruit, ripe tannins and a round rich mouthfeel with a prominent mid-palate heft and a lengthy refined finish.

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

The Coombsville appellation is located in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley and is in close proximity to San Pablo Bay. Combined with the geographical location inside an ancient volcanic caldera, this region provides the coolest ambient temperatures and the longest growing season in valley. The volcanic soils impart distinctive minerality and undeniable character in the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. 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.