2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
Winemaker Notes The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Backus Vineyard has a brooding inky hue with classic Oakville dark fruit aromatics wrapped in violet, cassis and graphite. Powerful and concentrated, this wine showcases a blackberry, plum, dusty earth and all spice profile with a silky smooth finish that lingers on the palate.
Winemaking Data Each block remains separate during picking and fermentation. The complexity of the Backus Vineyard can be highlighted through the fruit and depth found in the North and Plateau blocks paired with the structure and concentration in the steep hillside fruit grown in the South block. Wine lots from each area of the vineyard remain separate prior to blending in order to fully develop their distinctiveness.
Vintage Notes The 2013 growing season proved to be an excellent year in Napa Valley. It was slightly warmer than 2012, resulting in an overall earlier growing season. Lower than normal rainfall paired with moderate spring weather brought with it early bud break and bloom. Sunny skies throughout the summer months led to early veraison and harvest. Warm daytime temperatures followed by cool nights prior to harvest produced evenly ripened fruit with ideal hang time. There is great purity of fruit in the 2013 wines, good structure and overall an excellent winegrowers vintage.
96 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2013 is a big, strong, powerful, muscular, even masculine style of wine, with high extract, loads of blackberry and cassis, some loamy soil undertones… It is a wine meant for the long haul, so I wouldn’t touch a bottle of the 2013 for another 5-6 years and drink it over the following 30+. (Oct. 2016)
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Blend and Grape Sources 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot from our Backus Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley
Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 17-28, 2013
Aging/Cooperage 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels from coopers Taransaud, Marcel Cadet and Darnajou before bottling in January 2016.