87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, & 3% Syrah
This "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant and
complex yet shows the sophistication, balance and structure that come from decades
of working with the same fabulous vineyards. It expresses the purity and
typicity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon that can only be achieved from old
vine fruit. The color is dark purple with elevated aromas of earth, spice,
black fruits and leather. Flavors of black cassis/black fruit blend beautifully
with the exotic spice of new oak. The texture is soft but firm with integrated
tannins offering a rich, lingering finish. This is clearly a wine from a warmer
vintage. With proper storage this wine should easily age for ten years or more.
94 points Wine Enthusiast
Barrel notes of vanilla and spice take the lead in this
aromatically brooding wine, followed by dried herbs and dark fruit. The flavors
are pitch black, coating the palate from end to end with layers of fruit,
tannins that go the distance and a graphite-filled finish that lingers. It will
drink best from 2020–2027.
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the stars of the lineup (yet also one of the most
expensive as well), the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines checks in as 87%
Cabernet, 10% Petit Verdot and 3% Syrah, from vines planted in the 1970s, that
spent 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Big, rich, chocolaty and
concentrated, with tons of blackcurrant, singed toast, vanilla bean and smoked
herbs, it has full-bodied richness, building tannin and the overall balance and
purity to evolve gracefully for 10-15 years.