2013 Black Arrow Cabernet Sauvignon
What it tastes like to us...
Bullseye. There, we said it. ‘Cause that’s what we think of when we talk about The Black Arrow. It’s a wine that hits the mark, the bullseye, the sweet spot, what some people refer as the Zone. Here’s what we taste in the 2013: Sun-ripened fruit – plums, blackberries, black raspberries; notes of cinnamon, clove. Like a soft, velvety glove enveloping your palate, and those unmistakable French oak notes of espresso, sandalwood, vanilla cream. Chalky tannins? Yeah, it has those too. This is both a drinker and a keeper, meaning, we recommend buying enough to drink a few bottles now and save the rest for later!
What Mother Nature delivered...
You know us wine types, always comparing one vintage to another. So yeah, while 2012 was pretty darn good, 2013 may have been even better. Warm, dry spring…early bud break...ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. Nice moderate summer. There was that one heat spike, but it didn’t amount to much. Harvest was early, about two weeks earlier than other Napa Valley harvests of the last decade (told you we can’t resist comparisons). Bottom line: high fives all around for the ’13 vintage!
What we did then...
Pretty standard stuff – hand harvested and sorted the grapes and fermented in stainless steel. Next up: French oak barrels, where the wine aged for 20 months. We racked the wine several times to soften the tannins by exposing it to oxygen. We worked our blending magic (see blend info below), then bottled the wine without fining.
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Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietals: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Production: Only two barrels made
Aging: 20 months