2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedregal Vineyard, Oakville
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“From Oakville, the 2013 Pedregal Vineyard is usually the top Cabernet Sauvignon. A classic nose of cedar wood, forest floor, blackcurrants and loamy earth notes is followed by a wine of stunning intensity, full-bodied potency, beautiful purity and length. There is plenty of tannin, but the extravagant richness seems to cover it up extremely well.” 95pts – Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate, March 2016
2013 summed up to be a perfect vintage with clear sunny days and cool evenings, unmarked by untimely rain or heat spikes.
This year’s Pedregal is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot co-fermented.
Aging the 2013 sur lies with monthly bâtonnage has coated the tannins and smoothly integrated the wood. We aged this vintage 25 months in new French oak barrels (Taransaud and Darnajou). Non-filtered.
This is our tenth vintage from this small, outstanding vineyard on the lower slopes of the eastern Oakville hills. “Pedregal” means a rocky place in Spanish, and that is certainly a distinguishing feature of the site. During 2008 we agreed to a long-term lease of this vineyard which gives us complete control even through any change in ownership, so this is the fourth vintage we’ve directed farming ourselves.