2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

$100.00
Qty
Wine Type
Red
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2013
Appellation
Napa Valley
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol content
15.5%
Oak
French oak
Time in Oak
22 months
Case Production
417
Release Type
Current

Vineyard Notes
Girard has been making Cabernet and Cabernet-based blends for four decades and does its best to represent the diversity of different climates and soils found throughout the Napa Valley. This is our first Cabernet offering from this sub-appellation. The fruit was sourced from a vineyard high in Howell Mountain where the combination of volcanic soil and high elevation exposes fruit to sunshine for longer days and warmer nights, providing even ripening.

Winemaking Notes
Textbook conditions in 2013 saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until Napa Valley’s treasured wine grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar. The abundance of perfectly ripe grapes - with a smooth balance of acids and sugars - provided a broad sweep of opportunities for winemakers to cull only the most selected fruit. The vineyards of Howell Mountain are intentionally farmed at lower yields, bringing only the very best grapes to harvest.

Tasting Notes
Aromatics showcase loads of dark fruit and spice. An opulent palate of rich, decadent structure with jammy blackberry and currant. Graphite and baking spices help frame the fruit and big, silky tannins define the finish.

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