Pruet Vineyard Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Pruet Reserve 2013 Yountville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Napa Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.50%
Winemaker Reed Renaudin calls the 2013 vintage one of Napa’s all-time greatest. And Napa’s Yountville is home to so many great wineries including Kapscandy Family, Ghost Block, Girard Winery and of course Dominus Winery. This vineyard dates back 17 years and comes from a great microclimate with rich volcanic soils. This wine is quite elegant with lush, penetrating flavors. It’s a beautiful sip now but certainly deserves more cellaring for maximum enjoyment. The palate is suave and stylized with layers of nuanced fruit including crème de cassis, currants, milk chocolate, raspberry, dark cherries and vanilla oak. Plump and smooth tannins with a long, pleasant finish. It was aged 14 months in predominantly new French oak. Enjoy now through 2022. When in downtown Napa Valley, the courtyard dining room at Celadon, is always a fun experience with inventive global cuisine. Enjoy with their specialties including crispy soy braised Pork Belly, Beef Satay with spicy peanut sauce, Akaushi Hanger Steak, jerk marinated Pork Porterhouse and Moroccan inspired Lamb Shank.
By Pruet Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - Yountville
Region: Napa Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: Aged for 14 months
TA: 5.65 g/L
VA: 0.4 g/L
The excellent 2013 vintage followed the superb year of 2012 in a rare occurrence of back-to-back great harvests. Drawing on more than two decades of experience in winemaking, Reed Renaudin took full advantage of the generous conditions to pick at just the right moment to ensure the wine had plenty of structure while also delivering luscious fruit flavors. Before launching his own wine business, Renaudin studied winemaking at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo and worked at several other prominent wineries. He later would obtain his MBA from the University of California, Davis. Renaudin’s background gives him a unique blend of both winemaking knowledge and business acumen that he uses to create wines that usually taste far more expensive than they actually are. Renaudin also knows a large network of grape growers that serve as exceptional fruit sources. After developing a vision for the style and desired flavors of the Pruet brand, Renaudin tapped into his network to find just the right vineyards to support the winemaking. He ultimately chose the Two Oaks Vineyard near the town of Yountville neighboring the famed Goosecross Cellars. The vineyard is planted in a mix of volcanic, sedimentary and alluvial soils that provide a subtle yet elemental layer of complexity to the finished wine. The vineyard was planted in 1998 with a mix of clones matched to the particular soils and vineyard layout. While the region experiences high temperatures during the summer growing season, evening breezes coming up from the southern end of the valley provide relief from the heat and help to extend the ripening season and keep the grapes in balance.
2013 was a relatively early harvest and the grapes for this wine were picked in early September at around 25 Brix. The excellent conditions allowed for the grapes to ripen while retaining their structure and natural acidity. To help preserve grape quality, the clusters underwent a gentle destemming at the winery and light crush before getting transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The wine received twice daily pump overs until fermentation was complete. After pressing, the wine aged in mostly new and one year old French oak barrels and received a periodic splash racking to soften some of the wine’s harsher tannins and help it integrate before release.
Ruby to light garnet in color, the wine’s aromas include strawberry, raspberry and notes of graphite and pencil shavings. The wine’s dense structure includes flavors of ripe red fruit as well as darker elements of tobacco, jalapeno and cedar that come together in a lasting and satisfying finish.
[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.