CARTE BLANCHE 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points Wine Spectator: "Marked by a creamy, seductive oak introduction, with anise, tobacco leaf and vibrant red and dark berry flavors, this red boasts tannins that are ever present yet woven into the fabric, showing a nice integration of wood and fruit. Ends with a long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2030." (Web-2016)
AVA Napa Valley
VARIETAL 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
VINEYARDS Oakville: Beckstoffer’s Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga: Blossom Creek Cabernet Sauvignon & Petit Verdot, Beckstoffer’s ToKalon Vineyard Cabernet Franc
SKIN CONTACT 30+ days
BARREL AGING 18 months
COOPERAGE 100% French oak barrels from selected coopers Darnajou & Taransaud
TASTING NOTE: Dark and brooding, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with power, it begs for air and patience, showing black currant, black cherry, and freshly crushed cassis berry as it gradually opens. A dense core layered with personality – black and red currant emerge along with cocoa, graphite, and undertones of aged tobacco leaf.
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