Shadowood Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
By Jonthan H. Newman*
Shadowood Reserve 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Napa Valley
2013 is my favorite vintage of Napa Valley Cabernet since the wonderful 2005 vintage. Well-made wines like Shadowood Cab are accessible early and have long-term aging potential. This wine hails from almost equal parts of Napa’s top Cabernet sub-appellations: Stags Leap, Oakville and Yountville. It is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon and spent 15 months in French Oak, over one-third of which was new. An effusive and perfumed nose of black cherries, red plum and raspberries with vanilla oak and cinnamon spice. The tannins are round and smooth, with a pleasing taste profile that includes black cherry profiled front and center with kirsch, anise, chocolate, red flowers and vanilla oak. A mounting and particularly clean and pleasing finish. Enjoy now and for many years to come. Pair with steaks on the grill, pulled pork sandwiches, baby back ribs, steak frites and game meats.
Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
-98% Cabernet Sauvignon
-2% Petite Sirah
Aromas: Black currant/ripe black cherry/black raspberry, chocolate mocha, subtle oak, hints of vanilla.
Flavor: Blackberry, Dark brown spice (cardamom), dark berries, compote, slight black walnut.
Mouth-feel: Medium+, Med-weight, rich, juicy.
Tannin: Mild, soft, round, plush.
Finish: slightly dry front palate, well. balanced, slight lingering, slight heat.
The 2013 vintage began with textbook conditions that continued through much of Harvest. Spring bud break was ideal with steady flowering and even fruit set. A lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights during the summer months allowed for optimal ripeness to develop in the grapes and an exceptional quality overall. The blend is one that highlights the best of Napa Valley’s valley floor and mountain-top terroir. Grapes for the 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested between October 6th and October 30th.
The team was careful to retain the individual expressions of each of the vineyards in the blend by keeping each lot separate throughout fermentation and aging. After fermentation the lots were aged in 35% percent new French oak barrels for 15 months. Each lot was monitored closely and tasted regularly, to ensure their development individually and to formulate how best to fit the lots together for the final blend.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.