2013 Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1201584 92 points Vinous

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is another terrific wine from Textbook. Sage, lavender, menthol, licorice and plum notes flesh out in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Dark and inviting, the Cabernet is also a highly representative example of the year. Ideally, the 2013 should be cellared for a year or two, but it is virtually impossible to resist today. (AG)  (8/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot is one of the excellent values in Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. This wine spent 14 months in 35% new French oak. It shows sweet toast, plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit, supple tannins, low acidity and a nice, plush hedonistic style. Drink it over the next 5-8 years. (RP)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

Jon and Susan Pey are talented, passionate vignerons with access to some incredible vineyard sources throughout Northern California. They produce a collection of wines that over-deliver in quality for the price under their various boutique labels. The fruit for the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Oak Knoll, Rutherford, and Oakville appellations. From the winery: "Vintage 2013 followed the excellent 2012 and led to debates as to which vintage was 'better.' Our sense is they are both very, very high quality; both had abundant sunshine, cool evenings and a dry harvest season. The even weather patterns in late September allowed the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest to occur at a more relaxed pace, which is good for high-quality winemaking. While fermenting, our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon lots were deeply colored, richly textured and thus showed great promise from the get-go."

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2015 | Send Email
This wine is classic in its dark-fruited, restrained character. There's no jammy sweetness or extravagant oak here. Just good old Cabernet from California, the old fashioned style, and a great price tag to go along with it.

Staff Image By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
Although it has taken a $ 5.00 per bottle jump in price, the 2013 Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon is still a good value. With Napa Valley fruit costs out of control, it's amazing to be able to drink a high quality wine at this price.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14