Vinum Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


SKU 49892


The grapes for this wine come from the Hoffman Vineyard in the eastern part of the valley very close to the Atlas Peak AVA. Neighboring vineyard grapes are used in Caymus Special Select and other high end producers. The vineyard is only 8 acres and is on a rolling slope, riddled with granite deposits and produces very small grapes the size of an English pea. Because the yields are so small (less than 2 tons per acre), we only produce limited amount of wine each year. 50% New Bordeaux French oak barrels are used for maturation. While aging for 26 months, the wine is racked every 6 months and returned to the same barrels for further aging. Upon completion of aging, we select only the best barrels for the final blend. This single vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, inky purple colored with a plum hue. Aromatically the wine expresses rich cassis and crushed cherry notes with subtle cinnamon spice. It's incredibly concentrated with dense black cherry fruit, big, silky tannins and very structured. The complex finish shows nice acidity and appropriate acidity with juicy boysenberry and black cherry coulis flavors with subtle cigar box notes and then back again to cassis and boysenberry.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Vinum Cellars
Alcohol/vol 14.9%
  • we92

Wine EnthusiastImpressive at any price, but especially notable at this cost, this 100% varietal red is a testament to the power and concentration of the vintage, integrated with a push of tannin on the back of the tongue. Spicy clove and pepper ride a wave of cassis, dark cherry and chocolate, needing time to unwind in the glass. It will do well in the cellar through 2028.

Virginie Boone, March 1, 2017
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hoffman Vineyard is even a greater value and a big-time sleeper of the vintage. This wine has an even more impenetrable black/purple color, with notes of allspice, black cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry and white flowers. The wine hits the palate with a voluptuous texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins and a long, long finish. This is also 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with the same barrel aging regime. At $42.00 a bottle, it is a steal. Drink now-2032.

Robert Parker, October 28, 2015

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