(2012 Vintage) Mother Nature defines each vintage for fine wines, and the 2013 vintage was no exception. In the winter of 2013, we saw above-average temperatures and little rainfall in Napa Valley. The warm, dry weather was persistent and the results were significant. We saw early budbreak, smaller grapevine canopies, and less fruit than normal. Also, the grapes were smaller and had much thicker skins than we typically see. These grapes were packed with flavor, and the color, intensity, and concentration was out of this world. Needless to say, these grapes resulted in spectacular wines that are rich, bold, and highly structured.
Robert Parker"More promising is the 2007 Merlot, which reveals sweeter tannins, a more enticing velvety finish, and plenty of mocha, chocolate, and black cherry fruit characteristics. It should drink nicely for a decade."