2013 Oakville (Napa Valley) Cabernet Sauvignon
90 pts, Wine Enthusiast; Gold Medal, 2016 Cabernet Shootout; Our biggest release of the year!
A dark, brooding, core draws you in…tightly wound at first, but opens up with just a few swirls. Soon, blueberry and blackcurrant soar from the glass and toasty oak notes conspire with dark cocoa to create a beguiling dark chocolate coated graham cracker effect. Elegant notes of tobacco, earthy slate, and exotic spice punctuate an explosive fruit core while velvety tannins round out a stunning finish. Decant for an hour, and your patience will be handsomely rewarded.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Blackcurrant, Oak, Tannins
In the footsteps of Lots 200, 300, 400, 500, and 555, today’s release is a worthy successor to that tradition. Given the spectacular nature of the 2013 vintage, we knew we absolutely had to get the cream of the crop. Lot 600 is sourced from an Oakville producer making ridiculously delicious Cabernet not far flung from the confluence of the Oakville Crossroad and Money Road. I’ve been asked to avoid referencing source prices with respect to this wine, but given the recent average price per bottle for 90+ scoring Napa Valley Cabernets in the recent Wine Spectator, I can assure you “Money Road” is very appropriate. The winery has at least one 100-point scoring wine, and is renowned for its lithe, yet powerful Cabernets.