2013 Upchurch "Upchurch Vineyard" Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
About as sexy as Red Mountain gets, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Upchurch Vineyard offers almost overflowing notes of creme de cassis, graphite, licorice and building minerality to go with a full-bodied hedonistic, voluptuous and luxuriously textured style on the palate. Coming from a site on the southern end of the appellation and aged in new oak (there's a splash of Merlot in here as well), this beauty has tons of sweet fruit, ripe tannin and an already approachable, hard to resist style. I'm sure there's plenty of tannin hidden in here, but they're covered by layers of fruit and certainly don't detract. This fabulous 2013 can be enjoyed today, or cellared for 10-15 years.
The aromas of herbs, dark fruit and graphite are brooding and wound up on first pour. The palate is highly structured with plentiful black-fruit flavors that show exquisite balance and a finish that carries into the distance. Its best days are far in front of it. Enjoy after 2018.