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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Moon Mountain District

96 Points - The Wine Advocate, Mar 2016
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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Moon Mountain District
Varietal: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Moon Mountain District Sonoma County
Vineyard: Amapola Creek Estate - CCOF Certified
Brix: 25.1°
TA at harvest: 5.8g/L
pH at harvest: 3.33
Harvest Dates: September 9 through September 19, 2013
Barrel Aging: 24 months in new and seasoned (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels
Alcohol: 15.5% by volume
Winemaster: Richard Arrowood
Production: 1590 cases

The Vineyard

Spread along 600 vertical feet of a sun-washed western slope of the Mayacamas range, our 100+ acre Amapola Creek ranch borders the highly acclaimed Monte Rosso Vineyards. The red, basaltic volcanic soils we share with our esteemed next-door neighbor have yielded superb wine for well over the last century. The rhyolitic soils from our China Wall Vineyard add a firm tannin structure to the French clone Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted there in 2000. All 20 acres of our mountain estate vineyards are CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) certified organic. Estate vineyard blocks, China Wall, Bobcat Run, Fox Trot Meadow, and Montaña Vista, were the sources for our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. Using grapes from these distinct micro-climates and soil profiles allows us to showcase the diverse terroir of our vineyards.


The weather during the growing season in 2013 was perfect for wine grapes, largely dry and warm, but not overly hot. The growing season began early, with a warm, dry spring, and the weather stayed absolutely beautiful all the way through harvest. The quality and quantity of the fruit were exceptional. We handpicked these grapes beginning on September 9, and brought in the last of them just a week and a half later on September 19.

The Wine       

The nose on this wine opens with a luscious dollop of blackberry and red, juicy plum. Swirl the glass once or twice, and you will start to uncover darker fruit notes of blackcurrant and a bare hint of pomegranate, accented with subtle notes of oak and toasted vanilla.

Take a sip, and the first thing you will notice is a firm acidity that opens quickly onto dark black fruit with just a touch of anise. As your first impression fades, you will find deeply structured tannins that fill the palate, underscoring a finish redolent with chocolate, blueberry preserves, and aged cedar.

This wine evolves marvelously over the course of a glass, growing bigger and bolder as it takes in the air. The tannins unfold and show the excellent maturity of the grapes as they were brought in from the vineyard, and the fruit characters gain in intensity, building to an intricate finish that lasts for many minutes.

96 Points- Robert Parker The Wine Advocate, March 2016