2013 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Tenma, Dunaweal and Mitsuko Vineyards
California: Napa Valley
Today’s Clos Pegase 2013 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a plush, elegant and very powerful gem of a wine.
We fell in love at first inhalation. When we sipped the wine, it was all over for us… We snapped up every case that we could get our hands on.
I am thrilled to welcome Clos Pegase Winery back to our pages. Their 2013 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the first wine we’ve featured from this remarkable winery in almost two years… but it surely won’t be the last.
Their wines are truly exceptional.
Deeply fragrant, with a rush of fruit, spice, and earth, all in perfect balance, with black cherry, blackberry jam, smoky cherry bark, spice box, leather, licorice, cassis, red currant, cranberry and cigar box.
Wonderfully balanced on the palate as well, with smoky black cherry, blackberry juice, spice box, pencil shavings, black licorice, red currant, cassis, sweet tobacco leaf, mixed spice and a hint of cracked pepper.
This wine is offered to you with our fullest recommendation.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
90 points - James Laube, Wine Spectator - “Much to admire in this rich, savory, layered and well-fruited effort, featuring bold dark berry, anise, mocha and jazzy oak, full-framed, deep and persistent. Drink now.”
California Grapevine, July 2016 - “Highly recommended. Medium-dark purplish ruby; black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of vanilla, graphite, and tobacco leaf; full body; red and black fruit flavors with some initial richness in the mouthfeel, hints of dried herbs and dark chocolate, and a bit drying on the finish; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves a few more years of aging.”
Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine, August, 2016 - “Here is a straightforward, fairly ripe Cabernet with black cherry leanings that succeeds more by virtue of its frontal richness than by any far-reaching complexity. It is full and slightly plush in feel with nominal underlying tannins for grip, and…it has enough youthful energy to ensure three or four years of positive growth and is in no danger of fading any time soon.”
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Perfect ruby red hues, from glinting gem-like edge, through to the slightly darker translucent core. pencil-thin legs move very slowly down the glass wall after swirling the wine.
Black cherry, blackberry jam, smoky cherry bark, spice box, leather, licorice, cassis, red currant, cranberry and cigar box.
Smoky black cherry, blackberry juice, spice box, pencil shavings, black licorice, red currant, cassis, sweet tobacco leaf, mixed spice and a hint of cracked pepper.
Plush and long, with integrated medium tannins. As initial flavors fade, a lush earthiness takes over, adding a grippy, slowly drying feel across the entire palate.
Pair this ripe wine with a spiced blueberry glazed pork tenderloin, or your favorite grilled steak.
What the Winery Says
- Richard Sowalsky
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 9% Cabernet Franc
- 5% Syrah
- 5% Petit Verdot
- 4% Merlot
- 2% Malbec
- Napa Valley
- Harvest date
- Sept 14th - Oct 16th, 2013
- 19 months
- 36% new French oak
- Bottling date
- August 2015
- 4,570 cases