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

A small, exclusive bottling that began in 2009 to honor legendary William A. Hewitt. Made from eight to ten of the most expressive and beautifully balanced barrels of Hewitt Vineyard. These are marked as favorite barrels each vintage with a double plus sign. (++) Partial in barrel fermentation developed the plush, opulent texture. "This is the Sofia Loren of Cabernets," says winemaker Trevor. Decant to release the full spectrum of flavors and textures.

Appellation: Rutherford
Barrel Aging: 21 months, 100% French Oak (81% New)
Varietal Composition: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
ABV: 15.3%
Production: 200 cases

97 Points - JamesSuckling.com

“This is all about seamless tannins that melt into the wine. Shows fantastic deep and beauty. Gorgeous, focused fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Love the complexity of currants, moss and black olives. Wonderful length and intensity. Tiny production. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, May 2018

Tasting Notes

“The exceptionally round, voluptuous body and plush texture of the Hewitt 2013 Double Plus Cabernet Sauvignon elevate this vintage,” says Winemaker Trevor Durling. “There’s no mystery why Robert Parker gave this wine 95 points; it has a very seductive, inviting nature.” The 2013 vintage fostered deeply concentrated character, revealed in this wine’s highly saturated color, intense aromas and layered flavors. Double Plus epitomizes the complex character of Hewitt Vineyard with dark, brooding expression of wild blackberry, black plum, crème de cassis and mountain sage. Dark chocolate, caramel and affogato lace the aromas and persist through the dark-fruit finish. Sixty percent of the wine was fermented in small barrels, which rounded Hewitt Vineyard’s powerful tannins, thus enhancing the wine’s opulent texture and structure.

Vineyard Notes

This wine is composed of the very finest barrels of wine made from Hewitt Vineyard. Typically, we select one or two barrels from at least two or three blocks of vines that consistently produce exceptional fruit. The wines show impeccable balance, supple tannins and highly concentrated flavors. Hewitt Vineyard’s sun exposure and slope promote ideal ripening, while the well-drained, alluvial soils of the Rutherford Bench allow deep rooting for complex flavors. Hewitt Vineyard was planted in 1992 and 1996 and budded to Cabernet Sauvignon clones 4, 7 and 8 for flavor diversity.

Vintage Notes

Napa Valley’s 2013 vintage 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 gave us intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines. A tremendous vintage!

Winemaking Notes

We hand sorted the grapes on tables twice: first as clusters to remove any leaves or inferior fruit and then, after destemming, as individual grapes. This gentle process retained about 70 percent whole berries. We fermented 60 percent of the must in new French oak barrels to integrate tannins and enhance the plush texture of the wine. Three to five days of cold soaking and 45 days of total skin contact developed the rich varietal character. We clarified the wine with four rackings during barrel aging and bottled it without fining.
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