Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Oakville
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

Aromas of very dark fruit, black currant, dark chocolate, dust/earth, vanilla and perfume are layered behind the ripeness. The wine provides a big and full entry, yet the tannins are balanced and have an underlying silkiness. On the palate, ripe cassis and spice mingle with well-integrated oak and evolve into a lingering, fruit-driven finish. Planted on some of the most beautiful, gravelly loam soil in the Napa Valley, the vineyard uniformly produces wines with supple tannins, bright, forward fruit, and beautiful tannin structure.

Tasting Notes

Our 2013 Maestro Collection Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon reveals notably bright and complex aromas that lead to an immensely rich and broad entry on the palate. The intricately layered fruit character brims with brambly blackberry, crème de cassis, black cherry and dark plum, with hints of truffle, graphite, espresso and toasted-oak spice. Firm, muscular tannins—a signature of the Oakville District—frame the wine and carry the flavors through the expansive finish. The outstanding 2013 growing season ripened the grapes to perfection, resulting in this wine’s generous, dark-fruit profile, outstanding balance and cellar-worthiness. Only 320 cases were produced and they are sold exclusively at the winery.

Vineyard Note

We sourced this wine from a vineyard on the east side of Napa Valley in the famous Oakville appellation. This vineyard, known for its exceptional quality, is located on the south side of the Oakville Crossroad, just before the Silverado Trail. Well-draining, gravelly/rocky volcanic soils, paired with an ideal mesoclimate and sun exposure, make this center-of-Napa Valley site superb for growing Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties.

Vintage Note

In 2013, Napa Valley experienced abundant sunshine tempered by just the right amount of nightly fog that ripened the grapes slowly and fully, followed by an easy, unrushed harvest with no threat of rain. Many winemakers believe that the 2013 vintage even surpassed the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality. The very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, adequate fruit set and very small, flavor-intense grapes.

Winemaker's Note

To develop this wine’s complex fruit expression, we first cold soaked the destemmed grapes for gentle flavor extraction. During fermentation, we pumped over the cap to incorporate the flavor-rich skins into the juice. Malolactic fermentation, which naturally changes the malic acid into softer lactic acid, rounded the flavors. To balance the wine’s bold fruit character with toasty oak notes, we barrel aged this 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon wine in 80 percent new French oak.
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