TASTING NOTES “Dark fruits of cherry, plum and cassis. Spices, chocolate, and almonds wrap around a bright beam of rich fruit. Has the concentration, power and balance to age successfully.” — Mike McGrath, Winemaker
VINEYARDS & VINTAGE ■ The 2013 season saw warm weather in early spring that jump-started vine development. Bloom occurred soon after to set the stage for an early harvest. Moderate temperatures the rest of the growing season encouraged steady, even ripening and permitted picking at the peak of flavor development. ■ Sourcing grapes from nearly all of Napa Valley’s appellations provides us with many alternatives when it comes to crafting our flagship wine. The 2013 Anthology includes vineyard lots selected from the following appellations: Atlas Peak, Calistoga, Chiles Valley, Diamond Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll, St. Helena, Stags Leap District
WINEMAKING ■ Cabernet Sauvignon which includes all five Bordeaux varietals, selected from 34 separate fermentation lots. Vineyard lots were vinified and aged separately. Only the best barrels from each lot were selected for the final blend. ■ Gently destemmed to retain whole berries. Cap management used a combination of pump overs and delestage for gently tannin extraction. ■ Press cuts made to minimize harsh tannin with Malolactic fermentation in barrel to enhance oak integration. ■ Aging as a blehnd integrated the components to remove any textural edges. ■ Aged in barrel for 20 months in 46% new French oak.
FOOD PAIRING ■ Your favorite dry-aged beef, braised lamb shanks, and fresh fettuccine with morel mushrooms.