2013 Brenda's Vineyard Cabernet
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Stags Leap District
September 30, 2013
100% French Oak, 75% New
July 9, 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. The Brenda’s Vineyard is a barrel selection which embodies the classic Stags Leap trademark of structured tannin balanced with deep, ripe fruit.
Incredible! Attractive aromas of black licorice, leather, blueberry, red beets, which lead to rich, dark berry flavors and dark chocolate. The tannins are welcoming and balanced with a beautiful finesse and a long, lingering finish.
338 cases (12 x 750ml)
Cooperage: Sequin Moreau, Radoux, Boutes, Treuil | Aging Potential: 15-20 years
Paul "Bestdamncab" Harvey
(Apr 16, 2017 at 9:26 PM)
11/5/2016 At Baldacci this morning, Elizabeth poured a blue/black ink into my glass, nose of dusty, forest floor, black currants, blackberry, marion berry and smoke, same on the palate, massive body, intense concentration, flavorful and mouth filling fruit, like eating a hot, baked blackberry tart, small/medium amount of soft tannins, very tasty, needs 5 years to peak and will easily last 25 years and will be a 100 point wine, typical Stags Leap finish.
Paul "Bestdamncab" Harvey
(Jun 29, 2017 at 10:21 PM)
6/17/2017 - I like this wine: 98 points (Edit) Nose of black cherry, black berry, black currants, and dusty, earth, same on the palate, big body, very flavorful with mouth filling fruit, much more open than the taste 8 months ago, 4 years to peak, small amount of soft tannins on the mid palate, delicious today, typical Stags Leap finish.