2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa County
By layering fruit from Napa's volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor, Tony accomplished his goal of marrying many different expressions into one outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon that boasts a beautiful, complex textures.
A fantastic vintage, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon underwent 14 months of French oak barrel aging that further concentrated the wine's vibrant jammy red cherry, candied blackberry, and spice flavors, adding a hint of coffee and lingering dark chocolate notes on the finish.
2013 is being called a "early, even and excellent" vintage for Napa Valley. Extremely low rainfall, long stretches of warm summer days, and foggy and cool evenings helped to assist in perfectly ripening our Oberon grapes. Due to the wonderful growing conditions, our vineyards produced nearly 30% higher volume of perfectly ripened grapes than the previous three years, allowing us to pick the fruit at the optimum time, providing us juice that shows the ripe flavors and high quality that Napa has to offer.
To create Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, Tony sourced grapes from throughout Napa's finest winegrowing regions, including Rutherford, Oakville, Oaknoll, Yountville, Wooden Valley, and our own Oso Vineyard at the northeastern end of Napa Valley. By layering fruit from Napa's volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor, Tony accomplished his goal of marrying many different expressions into one outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon that boasts a beautifully seamless mouthfeel and rich, complex texture and flavors.
After the grapes were gently hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, the juice fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with an extended post-fermentation maceration that beautifully married flavors and tannins, giving our Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon its lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in French oak, combined with 14 months aging (45% new French oak), further concentrated the wine's vibrant and jammy red cherry, candied blackberry, and spice flavors. A hint of coffee and a lingering dark chocolate create a lingering and delightful finish.
90 Points - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
"From Michael Mondaviís portfolio, this affordable Cabernet is concentrated in red berry and savory leather, a nod to the small amounts of Syrah and Petite Sirah that are included in the blend. French oak provides a hint of vanilla and cardamom, while the medium-bodied palate and attractive finish is washed in coffee."
-Wine Enthusiast, December 2015
Gold Medal - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
-Houston Livestock Rodeo Competition, January 2016
90 Points - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
"Sourced from all over the Napa Valley, this wine blends 87% Cabernet Sauvignon with 1% Syrah and other unnamed red varieties. The effort works, resulting in a glass of concentrated red cherry, herb and spice, the tannins tight yet approachable enough for the wine to remain juicy."
-Wine Enthusiast, January 2015
89 Points - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
"The nearly outstanding 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley boasts a dense ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a floral-scented nose backed up by aromas of vanillin, black currants, licorice, underbrush, forest floor and cedar. This complex, good Cabernet Sauvignon represents exceptionally good value. Drink it over the next 2-4 years. "
-Wine Advocate, August 2013
90 Points - 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
"Another winner is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with other Bordeaux varietals, it offers up notes of black currants, vanilla, tobacco leaf, cedar and spice box. Ripe, rich and medium-bodied, with loads of fruit and a heady finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years."
-Wine Advocate, October 2012
91 Points, Editor's Choice - 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
"This release represents a gigantic leap forward for Oberon in their basic Cabernet Sauvignon. Past releases have been so-so. This one's terrific. Blended from vineyards all over the valley, it shows all the hallmarks of a Napa Cab you want. It's dry, full-bodied and impressively ripe in blackberries, currants, licorice and oak, with a long, smooth finish."
- Wine Enthusiast, February 2012
90 Points - 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
"This is subtle and delicate with delicate fruit, but a little mature already. Full body, with a nice balance of fruit and toasted oak, medium tannins and a clean finish. Very drinkable now."
- James Suckling, June 2011
Enjoy this lovely Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with steak, lamb and duck dishes, as well as flavorful cheeses.
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Varietals: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.7% Petite Verdot, 2.5% Merlot, 1.9% Syrah, 1.8% Petite Sirah, 5.1% Field blend
Appellation: Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: 12 months in oak (45% new French oak)
Wine Stats: Alcohol 13.77%, TA 5.65 g/L, pH 3.77