As we’d expect from a warmer vintage this wine is bursting with ripe fruit aromas from the moment the cork is popped. Blackberry and ripe currant intermingle with anise, cardamom, and a hint of miso. Toasted wood comes wafting through with each sip but is it oak or cedar. Two years in oak coupled with a warm season have made this wine immediately approachable and smooth. 2013 is a standout vintage drinking well upon release but will age well into the future.
Back to back, 2012 and 2013 are two of the best vintages that we have experienced since the mid-nineties. Talking to neighbors and folks in other appellations, there was a lively debate as to which was a better year. In the end we all agreed both were superb, and each was a reflection of the individual vineyards’ reactions to timing in the weather. In 2013, easy weather in the spring led to good set, although with slightly less crop than the previous vintage in Oakville. The summer temperatures were about average, with no major heat spikes during the year. The grapes filed into the winery in orderly fashion as fall brought about a typical cooling change. The fruit composition seemed remarkably similar to the previous year, with the only obvious difference being a richer palate in the 2013, most likely owing to a lower crop level.
22 months 50% new French Oak 50% neutral oak