2013 Portfolio, Limited Edition

Vintage Note

Almost all the rain came in November and December 2012. Practically not rain in January until March. An unusual warm winter gave the vines an early start. Flowering occurred under a near-perfect conditions which led to excellent fruit set. A flawless growing season, with moderate temperature provided an optimal weather for development of great flavors and great ripeness. Harvest started on the early side with ideal conditions.

The engaging, perfume nose evokes fragrance of tiny huckleberry and ripe wild dark berry weaved with baking spices and tobacco leaf. Delicious flavors show ample juicy fruit character unfolding on the mid-palate with a mix of blackberry, wild berry, coulis of tiny berries and sage. The velvety tannins are enrobing an intense center of freshness, great acidity and big structure. The long finish persists with note of dark chocolate and minerality. The wine can be enjoyed now and for decades to come.

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Winemaking Note

Composition:  Cabernet Sauvignon 83%, Cabernet Franc 17%

Fruit Sources: Hendry Ranch block 8 and Detert East

Age of Vines: CS 39 years and CF 34 years

Date of Harvest: September 12th and 21th

Fermentation: Fermented in 1-ton bin

Winemaking: Natural gravity flow, no fining, no filtration

Skin Contact: 34 days

Malolactic Fermentation: In barrel

Barrel Aging: 30 months in 100% New French Oak

Production: 200 cases

Accolade

Wine Enthusiast

96 points

Wine Spectator

90 points

“Elegantly styled and medium-weight, offering plum, dark berry, blueberry, spice and light oak flavors. Ends smooth and clean, with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2025. 200 cases made.” - Jim Laube