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On the heels of smooth sailing in the 2012 vintage, we found ourselves in favorable seas again. In 2013, still waters ran deep: a warm, dry spring gave way to early budbreak, balanced canopies and small berries. The intensity of the small berries- and excellent juice-to-skin ratios- reminded us of the profundity of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, where our Leviathan is truly at home. Leagues above on the water's surface, we were able to work the lines, set the sails, and ultimately capture the potential of this epic vintage. The result of our enological voyage is a wine as American as baseball, and as Yogi Berra would have said, "It's like déjà vu all over again." Find yourself with steady legs in port, and a bountiful glass brimming with aromatics of cigar box, brambly fruit and cacao. The palate gives way to an even-keeled expression of cherries, violets, umeboshi, savory tannins and licorice. In no time, you will be waxing sailor lore with the best of them! And reaching for more, hand over fist!
Wine SpectatorMixes dry, savory herb, underbrush, cedar and tobacco flavors with a hint of dried berry. The drying tannins are the prevailing message in this youngster. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now. 8,400 cases made.