In a Word? Epic. The 2013 Alexander and Napa Valley Vintage
Each wine vintage is a unique story of place and time. While some years are picture-perfect and others keep vineyard and winemaking crews on their toes (quite literally, in fact, walking more vineyard rows than usual), the distinct wines that result are a celebration of all that occurs from bud break to harvest.
2013 was one of those years where everything came together beautifully in the Alexander and Napa valleys. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, leading to a long growing season and flavor maturity. The mild summer that followed ensured all of the components of the wine – the skins, the seeds, sugars, phenolics – progressed at the same rate. As we were still in a drought, less-than-average rainfall led to concentrated flavor. To cap it off, harvest was characterized by cool, sunny weather that allowed grapes to linger on the vine and vineyard crews to pick at perfect ripeness.
“2013 was a phenomenal growing season that resulted in beautiful, structured wines. I have a feeling that we’ll be drinking these wines for a long time to come, as the density of flavor and the tannic structure suggest they will age gorgeously.”
– Nate Weis, Director of Winemaking, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars
While 2013 is an extraordinary year for Napa and Alexander Valley Cabernet, it all comes down to your enjoyment of the wine. You may love vintages like 2013 with concentrated, robust flavor, or perhaps prefer wines from years like 2011, with elegant and nuanced character. Not sure where your tastes lie? That’s the beauty of wine – education is so delicious.
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