95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons)
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Age of Barrels: 85% new, 15% neutral
The 2013 growing season delivered an exceptional expression of Rector Creek Cabernet Sauvignon with beautiful aromas of caramel, graphite, boysenberry and blackberry. These elements continue on the palate where they mingle with layers of sweet tobacco leaf, black tea, violet, and blueberry. Firm tannins add structure and tension, while carrying the wine to a rich, focused finish.
The 2013 harvest was early, even and excellent with all of our Estate fruit in the winery by October 10th. A warm dry spring brought an early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. In the weeks after Labor Day, a moderate heat event followed by a period of perfect weather created a dream scenario for end-of-season ripening. Rain was not a factor, and for the second vintage in a row, the quality of the grapes was exceptional throughout Napa Valley.