Friday 29 December 2017

2013 California Cabernet - Part Seven

It has been a while since the last Part. The state monopoly doesn´t seem to release any bottles any more, or at least very long between.
I could of course buy from other places but lately there have been bottles of Barolo delivered from seemingly everywhere...forgetting the joys of California Cabernet - that has to be rectified!

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Eden   (Santa Cruz)
A very deep and at the same time a tad stifled nose with notes of charcoal, ripe black currants, plums, expensive leather and Cohiba cigars. Tight and concentrated. Very deep and laid back with a stern black fruit experience. Needs plenty of time.
The taste is tight, concentrated and ample with notes of black cherries, black currants, lead pencil shavings and sun baked rocks. A very long, rich taste with a notes of chestnuts and scorched earth. Very focused. Not as open and immediately rewarding as the 2012 tasted a year ago. This will need at least 8 years in the cellar. Very, very promising in a strict, backward way.
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
94p   (tasted 2017/12)

2013 Napanook, Dominus Estate   (Napa Valley)
The 13 Napanook cepage is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The nose is deep and inviting with notes of ripe black currants, fir smoke, dark fudge, charcoal and dark flowers. Intense, high and fine. Very deep.
The taste is tight and refined with notes of sweet red and black currants, tobacco, dusty earth and dark violets. Long, distinct and dry. Classy. Drinking great in 3+ years and the coming 10 years.
93p   (tasted 2017/12)

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