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2013 Napa Valley Cabernet

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The grapes for our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were grown in some of Napa Valley's most prestigious appellations, including the mid-valley regions of Rutherford and Oakville. As in previous vintages, we pressed off a portion of the hand-picked grapes early to minimize skin contact and retain the bright fruit forward character of the fruit. The balance was left on the skins for an extended period of time to extract soft tannins, rounding out the mid-palate and creating a lovely long finish. The wine aged in a combination of small French and American barrels -- 35% new -- for eighteen months.  In 2013 we chose to blend in small portions of Merlot (7%), Malbec (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%) to add complexity, color and deep flavor to the finished wine.

Opaque and densely purple, this is a rich, beautifully extracted Cabernet Sauvignon offering an opulent nose of blackberries, crème de cassis and roasted espresso beans. The palate unfolds with a lush core of black fruit and black licorice accompanied by warm, spicy notes of clove, sandalwood and a hint of cedar. Supple tannins frame the full-bodied mouthfeel of this classic Napa Cab, which leaves a lasting impression of fruit and spice.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:88% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Merlot; 3% Malbec; 2% Petit Verdot
Cases Produced:4,865
Aging:18 months, 75% French Oak, 25% American Oak
Price:$40
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2025 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

Though 2012 was a stellar vintage, 2013 may have been even better. In Napa Valley a warm, dry spring brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike, temperatures in June and July were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and ripening. Harvest was early, and when it came to a close it was about two weeks earlier than other Napa Valley harvests of the last decade.

91 points, Wine Enthusiast
"This is a big, bold and grippy wine, reflective of the vintage in its classic structure and age-worthiness. Cedar, black cherry and chalky tannins give it character and seasoning. The smooth, silky texture should take on additional velvetiness in the glass. It finishes with finesse."
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Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast

"The wine showed a dark ruby almost opaque color. Blackberry, cassis, vanilla, licorice, oak and whiffs of mocha could all be found on the nose with the mocha emerging as the wine opened up. Blackberry, cassis, black cherry, vanilla, mocha, oak and eucalyptus followed on the palate. The wine exhibited good structure and length, along with well-integrated tannins. This wine would pair well with a bacon-wrapped filet mignon or a classic Shepard's Pie."
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—The Nittany Epicurean

"Deep, dark and brooding, this wine has cassis and cherry nose and flavors. Somewhat closed and needs at least 2-3 years or a vigorous decanting to open up. This is an old style cabernet sauvignon that will stand up to any foods."
—Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr, Capital Gazette

Wine of the Week: Flora Springs 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon a Superior Napa Cab
Santa Cruz Sentinel
"The Flora Springs 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a superior Napa vintage, especially for its $40 price. This well-made, silky wine is well worth the investment since good Napa cabs usually hover in the $60-and-up range. If you’re planning a romantic dinner, this is the wine for you.

This wine is like a little black dress, elegant and perfect for dress-up occasions. Aromas of berry, rose petals and spice greet the nose, followed by flavors of ripe blackberry, plum, cardamom, cinnamon, and black pepper. Good tannic structure provides a rounded mouth feel and satiny finish. But this wine is no wimp; it’s intense with great body." Read more.
—Stacey Vreeken, Santa Cruz Sentinel