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.
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.
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.