Kuleto Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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Wine Enthusiast 92 points - From the producer’s estate at over 1,000 feet in elevation, this seamlessly textured wine grabs one’s palate from the start and doesn’t let go. Huckleberry and cedar notes meet bay leaf accents and grippy tannins, all enveloped in smoky oak. It finishes with bright, fresh blackberry..Virginie Boone, May/2017

Winemaker Notes

The 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an uncommon purity to its aromas. Fresh ripe berries, plums, red meat, bay leaves, the first smoke from a fire – each of these primary aromas vying for attention when first poured into the glass. The mouth is plush and succulent with red fruit flavors and a meaty, iron-like quality. It will be fascinating to see how the flavors and aromas integrate as the wine ages.

Like vintage 2012, vintage 2013 was ‘perfect’ by nearly all grape-growing standards in that yields were slightly above average, the weather was evenly warm, and fruit moved toward ideal ripeness without the fits and starts of the preceding two vintages. This produced wines with tremendous fruit flavors and textural depth. If you’re wondering if we in the Napa Valley ever tire of ‘perfect’ vintages, the answer is “not at all”.

Putting together the 2013 estate Cabernet Sauvignon blend posed a challenge due to a wealth of riches from such a vintage. Every lot was of such high quality that it was hard to high-grade any wine. It wasn’t until we tasted barrel by barrel that subtle differences in quality emerged within and among the wines. Our goal for the ‘estate’ blend is to create a wine that broadly represents Kuleto Estate in a given vintage. Barrels were selected from 12 different lots of wine that originated from 24 different blocks on the property. The hallmarks of the vintage were tremendous fruit perfume, classic balance, and great length. Without the typical heat spikes, there were no over-ripe aromas, and the wines retained their strong varietal and location-driven characters all the way into the bottle.

Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Cab Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

Wine Enthusiast 92 points - From the producer’s estate at over 1,000 feet in elevation, this seamlessly textured wine grabs one’s palate from the start and doesn’t let go. Huckleberry and cedar notes meet bay leaf accents and grippy tannins, all enveloped in smoky oak. It finishes with bright, fresh blackberry..Virginie Boone, May/2017

Winemaker Notes

The 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an uncommon purity to its aromas. Fresh ripe berries, plums, red meat, bay leaves, the first smoke from a fire – each of these primary aromas vying for attention when first poured into the glass. The mouth is plush and succulent with red fruit flavors and a meaty, iron-like quality. It will be fascinating to see how the flavors and aromas integrate as the wine ages.

Like vintage 2012, vintage 2013 was ‘perfect’ by nearly all grape-growing standards in that yields were slightly above average, the weather was evenly warm, and fruit moved toward ideal ripeness without the fits and starts of the preceding two vintages. This produced wines with tremendous fruit flavors and textural depth. If you’re wondering if we in the Napa Valley ever tire of ‘perfect’ vintages, the answer is “not at all”.

Putting together the 2013 estate Cabernet Sauvignon blend posed a challenge due to a wealth of riches from such a vintage. Every lot was of such high quality that it was hard to high-grade any wine. It wasn’t until we tasted barrel by barrel that subtle differences in quality emerged within and among the wines. Our goal for the ‘estate’ blend is to create a wine that broadly represents Kuleto Estate in a given vintage. Barrels were selected from 12 different lots of wine that originated from 24 different blocks on the property. The hallmarks of the vintage were tremendous fruit perfume, classic balance, and great length. Without the typical heat spikes, there were no over-ripe aromas, and the wines retained their strong varietal and location-driven characters all the way into the bottle.

Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Cab Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

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