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

Impressed by her personality, we decided Sleeping Lady Vineyard merits a single-vineyard bottling. Sleeping Lady Vineyard rests at the foot of the Mayacamas Vineyards in Napa Valley’s Yountville AVA. This vineyard’s soils, climate and cultivation techniques foster deep, Cabernet Sauvignon flavors with firm, elegant tannins. The 2013 vintage even surpassed the 2012 in grape quality. Gentle handcrafting and aging in new oak barrels develop the terroir flavors and add complex nuances.

Appellation: Yountville
Barrel Aging: 22 Months, 100% French Oak (80% New)
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV: 14.9%
Production: 238 cases

91 Points - Wine Spectator

"Aromas of cigar box, tobacco and fresh-cut herb lead to an intense and vibrant core of dark berry, mocha, earth and oak notes. Best from 2018 through 2028. 238 cases made." - James Laube, June 2017

90 Points - Vinous

“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Sleeping Lady Vineyard form Provenance is a very good example of the supple, silky style of Cabernet that emerges from this Rutherford site. Gracious and forward, with lovely depth to its giving red and purplish-hued stone fruit, the 2013 has a quite a bit to offer. It is also a rare 2013 Cabernet that will drink well with minimal cellaring. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade or so.” - Antonio Galloni, August 2017

Tasting Notes

The fabulous 2013 vintage gave great intensity to the layered aromatics and rich, expansive palate of our Sleeping Lady Cabernet Sauvignon. This limited bottling captures the distinctive personality of a single Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard located against the western hills of Napa Valley. The wine’s effusive aromas of crushed black cherry, blackberry, violet and wild sage lead to deep sensual, dark-fruit flavors. With its structure of muscular tannins, appealing acidity and opulent texture, this wine shows a beautiful balance of power and elegance. We aged the wine in 60 percent new French oak barrels to integrate oak notes of caramel, spice, dark chocolate and coffee bean with the lingering, dark-fruit finish.

Vineyard Notes

At Provenance, we love the excitement of finding a vineyard with such amazing personality that it merits a single-vineyard bottling. Sleeping Lady Vineyard, owned and farmed by the Bettinelli family, has ideal conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon vines to develop their highest quality fruit. Here, at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains, the alluvial fan soils encourage the vines to root deeply to find water. A few feet of topsoil cover a defined bed of cobblestones mixed with gravel, which provide enough stress to keep the grapes desirably small. The vineyard’s unique trellising system ripens each cluster in dappled sunlight—never in full sun or full shade—to give the tiny grapes exceptionally thick and flavorful skins, which yield a rich, highly extracted wine.

Vintage Notes

The 2013 vintage experienced a very low rainfall winter, 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 fostered intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines. Sleeping Lady is our last vineyard to ripen because of the cooler site, which gives the fruit long hangtime for maximum flavor development.

Winemaking Notes

We hand sorted the grapes first in the vineyard, when we picked them at dawn, and then again at the winery for optimum quality. We first cold soaked the lightly crushed grapes for gentle extraction. A portion of the wine was then fermented in barrels, with the balance in stainless steel, for early integration of oak character and to enhance the wine’s plush texture. After pressing, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrels to round the acidity.

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