Lot 599 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Lot 599
2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

92 pts, Steve Heimoff; 91 pts + Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast; Gold Medal, 2016 Cabernet Shootout; Our 4th superstar Napa Cab release from the amazing 2013 vintage.
  • Cabernet Shootout Challenge Gold Medal Winner
  • Wine Enthusiast 91 PTS!

92 pts, Steve Heimoff - Cameron Hughes 2013 Lot 599 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): $29, 14.9%. This is a very good Cabernet and a good value. Cameron says it’s from a producer that “sells for $135.” I don’t doubt it, given the plethora of Napa Cabs that now cost triple digits. The wine is inky black. It smells of black currants and oak, a young, vigorous aroma. Flavorwise, it’s very rich in black currants, cassis, unsweetened baker’s chocolate, charred beef fat and spices such as cloves and black pepper. The finish is long, clean and thoroughly dry. All in all, a fancy wine that gives lots of pleasure, and develops in the glass as it breathes.

Lot 599 displays a dense, opaque purple color. Right out of the bottle, aromatics of bright cherry fruit, meaty crème de cassis, and allspice notes. With air, pretty florals emerge with soaring blue/black fruits, molten licorice, dark chocolate and fresh turned earth. A dense, brooding complexity on the palate is augmented by a fantastic glycerin/fruit core. Splendid oak integration and a tightly wound mid-palate resolves in a rich and lavish finish that goes on for a good 45-50 seconds. Already showing amazingly well with just a few months in bottle…the aging upside here is exponential.

Style: Full, Bold

Flavors: Currant, Oak, Tannins

Cam Confidential
While the producer is too close for comfort to name, I can say that the barrel samples for their 2013 flagship Cabernet have preliminarily scored 96+ points. While this wine is their "other" bottling, and “only” scored a lowly 93-95 points from barrel, it still sells for $135+. The wine is sourced primarily from a hillside, high-elevation vineyard in Calistoga whose unique character is derived from deposits in the soil that were built up by streams that stopped flowing countless years ago. What you’ll find in the bottle is nothing short of marvelous, and belongs on the same rack of your wine cellar where you keep the most prized pieces of your collection.