2013 Black Label Cabernet
Stags Leap District
September 13 – 30, 2013
100% French Oak, 55% New
July 9-10, 2015
Purchased in 1998, the Family Ranch is located in the Stags Leap District AVA of the Napa Valley. The climate is known for a longer growing season of warm days and cool nights—perfect for late-maturing varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon with a signature style from this region known for its distinctive combination of power and elegance. We have 17.58 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. Our production facility, barrel cave and visitor center are also located here. The 2013 vintage was largely uneventful with an early harvest marked by warm weather and no threat of rain. Quality across the board was outstanding. The white wines have trended towards bright acidity with vibrant flavors and balance. The Indian summer provided ideal weather to prolong harvest which allowed us to pick each block at peak flavor levels and phenolic maturity.
All of our fruit passes through a small de-stemmer and is never crushed. We then bleed about 10% of the juice to allow for an increased ratio of skin to juice which adds structure, mouthfeel and color to the final wine. After 3 days of cold soak, the juice is inoculated and ferments for approximately 14 days. The wine is then pressed into tank and allowed to settle for 24 hours. The wine is then racked clean into 100% French oak barrels where it passes through malolactic fermentation and then ages for 20 months prior to bottling.
This wine is powerful, with hints of dark berry and dark chocolate-wrapped raisins jumping out of the glass. A hint of truffle permeates throughout the glass that gives a nice note next to the sweetness that this wine imparts in the mid-palate. It finishes with mouth-watering beauty and elegance that will make you come back for more. Made to drink now, this wine will age beautifully for 15-20 years.
1,528 (12 x 750ml)
Cooperage Radoux, Demptos, Seguin Moreau, Boutes, Marques, Treuil, Marcel Cadet, Bousset Aging Potential 15 to 20 years
(Nov 7, 2016 at 10:55 AM)
At Baldacci this morning, floral notes of black cherry, plum, and dusty earth, same on the palate, big body, very tasty and shows it is from a great vintage, rich fruit, mouth filling fruit, needs 3 years to peak and last 15 years, small/medium amount of soft tannins will help it age, medium/long finish.