Seduce Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Special Reserve
The 2013 year might be regarded as one of the all-time great red vintages for Napa Valley and Sonoma County.
For many winemakers California’s 2013 vintage was quite simply the finest of their experience. Originally Bill was making this wine as the next Sovereign but decided instead to divert this special reserve wine to his own personal cellar.
Available exclusively to wine club members and limited to one bottle only.
From the 2013 harvest we produced wines of extraordinary depth and tannic concentration, built for aging but this structure was complemented by a remarkable wealth of fruit.
Elevated levels of acidity and tannin cut through the fruit, preserving balance. The hallmark of 2013 is this marriage of ripe fruit with savory qualities making for striking complexity and sophistication in the glass.
California vines in 2013, a second consecutive year of drought, produced unusually small berries, with a high skin-to-juice ratio which usually leads to higher tannin levels. A consistently warm summer and early fall, free of any heat spikes or rain, made for an early harvest in ideal conditions.
French Oak for 22 months, 45% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral. Transferred to neutral red barrels for a further year of barrel aging for a total of three years in oak, designed to allow micro-oxygenation without any external wood-derived flavors.