2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
1.5 LTR

Sonoma Valley

Reminiscent of a walk in Willy Wonka's factory, the seductively creamy chocolate aromas of this large format Cab lead to semi-sweet chocolate morsels on the weighty palate, masterfully layered with dark berries and dark roast espresso.

$120.00
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Tasting NOTES

Bordering a region where "Cab is King" (and the prices are fit for royalty), Sonoma has diversified the focus of its reputation to several varietals. But a vintage like 2013 is a prime example why the Bundschus have always championed Bordeaux varietals on this side of the Mayacamas. Opulently deep in color, the lush nose greets with dark plums, blueberries, and black currants lifted by warm, oak-driven spices of cinnamon and vanilla, and milk chocolate.

Reminiscent of a walk in Willy Wonka's factory, the seductively creamy chocolate aromas lead to semi-sweet chocolate morsels on the weighty palate, masterfully layered with almost juicy cassis, dark berries, and dark roast espresso framed by firm tannins, perfectly balanced with lively acidity. This decadent stroll ends with velvety dark cocoa on the finish that seems to think it's an ever-lasting gobstopper, lingering on and on. A powerhouse Sonoma Valley Cab (and at affordable Sonoma prices), enjoy this now with at least an hour of decanting or age for the next 7-12 years.

Vineyard NOTES

Cabernet Sauvignon represents our most widely planted grape variety. The vines are planted on the steep, southwestern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, ranging from 150 to 300 feet in elevation and eight miles north of the San Pablo Bay. The plots were planted from 1999 to 2008, mostly to clone 8 but intermixed in certain blocks are 337, 338 and 191 as well. The soil profile is a shallow, Rhyolitic volcanic ash, typical of the alluvial fans that comprise the lower Mayacamas Range. With its southwest facing slopes, the site receives optimum sunlight and temperatures during the growing season. Pervasive maritime breezes and long daylight exposure allow fruit to develop intense concentration while retaining vibrant structure. Average yields are 3.5 tons per acre.

Production NOTES

Hand-harvested in the cool morning hours by block, our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes experience a five-day cold soak before fermentation, using a combination of indigenous yeasts and D254. We use gentle pumpovers to achieve color and flavor extraction, tailored by lot, and employ louvers and screens to avoid pumping seeds and skins.

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Vintage:
2013
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
1.5 LTR
Varietal Composition:
  • 93% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 3% Petit Verdot
  • 3% Merlot
  • 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA 0.62g/100ml
PH:
3.79
Barrel Aging:
  • 18 months
    100% French Oak
    45% New
    Primary coopers Vicard, Taransaud & Ermitage
Alcohol %:
14.8
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