Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Red Blend
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Tom Rinaldi and Chris Cooney

Labeled “Napa Valley Red Wine” so we have free rein to create the most delicious, balanced blend of Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties. Favorite pairings: grilled lamb chops with quinoa, mint and feta salad; osso bucco with saffron risotto. With the screwcap closure, the wine will age similarly to natural cork-finished wines, but without the variability.

Appellation: Rutherford, St. Helena, Yountville, Oakville, Los Carneros, Calistoga, Mt. Veeder
Barrel Aging: 22 Months, 100% Barrel Aged (60% New French Oak)
Varietal Composition: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot
ABV: 15.1%
Production: 273 cases

Tasting Notes

Napa Valley’s 2013 vintage fostered deeply concentrated, complex wines, as shown by our Winemaker’s Reserve Red Wine. This inky purple-hued Bordeaux-style blend bursts with gorgeous dark-fruit aromas, followed by a dense palate that mixes both dark and red-berry notes. The Cabernet Sauvignon component delivers rich cassis and blackberry character and a powerful structure to the blend, while the Merlot tames the tannins with its plush mid-palate and notes of ripe cherry and dark chocolate. Cabernet Franc adds a hint of wild thyme and gives even more complexity to the fruit profile, as does Malbec with its juicy plum note. Lastly, the seductive hint of violet comes from Petit Verdot. New French oak barrels layer the dark-fruit finish with baking spice and espresso nuances.

Vineyard Notes

Each grape variety was grown in the specific mesoclimate and soils of Napa Valley where it is able to achieve its most outstanding character. A significant portion of the wine was grown in our estate vineyards. The Cabernet Sauvignon came from the St. Helena, Rutherford and Yountville American Viticultural Areas (AVAs); the Merlot from the Oakville and Los Carneros AVAs; the Cabernet Franc from the Calistoga AVA; the Malbec from the Mt. Veeder AVA and the Petit Verdot was grown in the Rutherford AVA.

Vintage Notes

“This is the best vintage I’ve seen yet,” says Winemaker Trevor Durling. “The 2013 growing season surpassed even the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality.” A winter with very low rainfall was followed by a dry, warm spring and summer. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, good fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Perfect weather throughout harvest resulted in highly extracted, extremely expressive Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties.

Winemaking Notes

After hand harvesting the fruit and then hand sorting it twice at the winery, we gently destemmed the grapes to retain at least 60 percent whole berries. Three days of cold soaking before fermentation gently extracted the deep purple color and rich varietal flavors from the skins. A portion of the wine was fermented in barrels, with the balance in stainless steel, to enhance the plush texture of the wine and integrate fruit and oak character. Following fermentation, extended skin contact and gentle pressing, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrels to round out the acidity. Aging in French oak barrels wove toasty oak tones through the dark-fruit character.