Labeled “Napa Valley Red Wine” so we have free rein to create the most delicious, balanced blend of Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties. Favorite pairings: grilled lamb chops with quinoa, mint and feta salad; osso bucco with saffron risotto. With the screwcap closure, the wine will age similarly to natural cork-finished wines, but without the variability.
Appellation: Rutherford, St. Helena, Yountville, Oakville, Los Carneros, Calistoga, Mt. Veeder
Barrel Aging: 22 Months, 100% Barrel Aged (60% New French Oak)
Varietal Composition: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot
Production: 273 cases
Napa Valley’s 2013 vintage fostered deeply concentrated, complex wines, as shown by our Winemaker’s Reserve Red Wine. This inky purple-hued Bordeaux-style blend bursts with gorgeous dark-fruit aromas, followed by a dense palate that mixes both dark and red-berry notes. The Cabernet Sauvignon component delivers rich cassis and blackberry character and a powerful structure to the blend, while the Merlot tames the tannins with its plush mid-palate and notes of ripe cherry and dark chocolate. Cabernet Franc adds a hint of wild thyme and gives even more complexity to the fruit profile, as does Malbec with its juicy plum note. Lastly, the seductive hint of violet comes from Petit Verdot. New French oak barrels layer the dark-fruit finish with baking spice and espresso nuances.
“This is the best vintage I’ve seen yet,” says Winemaker Trevor Durling. “The 2013 growing season 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 resulted in highly extracted, extremely expressive Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties.