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

This is a handcrafted wine in every sense of the word. Medium-full bodied, it has great textural richness and length on the palate, with firm, rich tannins melting into intense flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, mocha and roasted coffee. This vintage should mature well for 10 years or more.

Tasting Notes

This very limited bottling of 2013 Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates the unique characteristics of wine made from vines planted to this single, outstanding clone during an extraordinary vintage. Deep-ruby hued, this Cabernet Sauvignon’s lush aromas and generous, fruit-expressive flavors are filled with layers of juicy black cherry, cassis and hints of plum, followed by baking spice notes of anise, clove and subtle brambly or savage (hence the grape's name) herbal notes on the finish. The wine is fresh and vibrant, with beautiful balance and acidity, almost suggesting a cooler-climate source. The full, round and rich flavors (very “Rubenesque”) are structured by firm, yet supple, tannins and are nicely balanced with vanilla and oak spice from new French oak barrels. While enjoyable now, this wine will continue to develop complexity in the bottle for another decade or more when stored at ideal cellar temperatures.

Vineyard Notes

In 1980, we began a 14-year series of trials in conjunction with UC Davis, to identify Cabernet Sauvignon clones best suited to our Rutherford Bench terroir. Two clones (4 and 6) were ultimately selected for grafting to rootstocks planted in the well-draining, alluvial fan soils of our estate vineyards. As a component of our Georges de Latour and other reserve Cabernet Sauvignons, Clone 4 gives the blend pronounced lush, fleshy flavors and has softer, more approachable tannins in its youth. Also known as the Mendoza clone, it was identified and isolated in Argentina and then brought to the United States. Known for its larger berries and tighter berry cluster, resulting in a Cabernet with lush, round and opulent style.

Vintage Notes

The 2013 vintage even surpassed the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality. A very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, excellent fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Perfect weather throughout harvest fostered intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines. Truly an extraordinary vintage in which the wines will need time to open up and age if enjoyed early, but will have tremendous potential for allowing the wines to age and evolve.

Winemaker's Note

At our state-of-the-art winery, dedicated to the production of our Reserve wines, we hand-sorted the destemmed berries to retain only the highest-quality fruit. Cold soaking of the must and gentle punch-downs in open-top fermenters mixed the flavor-rich skins with the juice. Upon completion of primary fermentation, we pressed and transferred the wine to new French oak barrels for in-barrel malolactic fermentation and aging. Because of the uniqueness of the expression of this clonal selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, we treat this wine as a special-lot or single-vineyard wine.
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