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2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon
A beautiful ripe, plump, fat and opulent style of Cabernet Sauvignon that Caymus has pioneered, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense purple color, loads of juicy blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, low acidity and no real evidence of oak, but a nice, plush, full-bodied opulence. This is irresistible, especially for a Cabernet Sauvignon coming in at 14.9% natural alcohol. Drink it over the next decade or more.
2013 Turnbull Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Turnbull’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, their least expensive wine in this portfolio (that I tasted for this report) is the most forward and precocious of the cuvées and shows what great winemaking and vineyard sources the Turnbulls are dealing with. The color is opaque purple, the wine shows slightly less tannins than its counterparts, with gorgeously intense blueberry and blackberry fruit, cedar wood, forest floor and spice box. It’s full-bodied, opulent, rich and, while still young with a good 10 years of upside, this wine will still be drinking great 20 years from now.
The old Garnacha Tintorera vineyards are located in an altitude of 1000 meters, planted in limestone based and sandy soils, with a good drainage, whose production is very low and in which the size of berries is very small.
This wine has been kept for 15 months in mainly French oak barrels and in a small proportion of American oak ones.
2013 Blackbird Vineyards Arise Proprietary Red
These proprietary wines tend to be various blends of Bordeaux varietals, with the 2013 Proprietary Red Arise a blend of 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. The wine, which comes from multiple vineyards such as the Stagecoach and Crocker vineyards, offers up loads of earthy, dusty notes, a touch of herbaceousness, cocoa, black cherry and berry fruit, honeyed, lively fruit, decent acidity and a long finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
2013 Bedrock Wine Co Zinfandel Old Vine
The 2013 Zinfandel Old Vine, which includes a dollop of Carignane, comes from vines averaging 80 years of age. This Rhône Ranger-styled effort displays notes of raspberries, black cherries, forest, earth, pepper and spice. Full-bodied, heady, seductive and lush, it can be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years.
Morgan Twain Peterson continues to produce a fascinating array of wines from old vine sites throughout California. His 2012s demonstrated what a remarkable young talent he is, and the 2013s detailed below continue his Midas touch with a diversity of grapes as well as historical heritage sites.
2012 Emmolo Merlot Napa Valley
Although this winery has been around since 1944, I am unfamiliar with its wines. Packaged in an interesting bottle with a label sporting green ink, this 2012 Merlot is made in an explosively rich, blockbuster style. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by oodles of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intertwined with hints of espresso and chocolate. Full-bodied and super-rich, but not overly extracted or astringent, this beautifully made, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal Merlot should wine the hearts and minds of many California wine enthusiasts. It is the complete package – from aromatics to an impressive entry, a full, savory mid-palate, and a long finish. Kudos to producer Jenny Wagner. It should drink well for 10-12+ years.