2013 Hall "Kathryn Hall" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1267872 98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall from their Sacrashe Rutherford Vineyard delivers a relatively profound set of aromatics even for a wine that’s only 11 months of age. With almost unreal richness of blue and black fruits, spring flowers, graphite and spice, this is a sensational inky, full-bodied wine that will come close to being a perfect wine when bottled after its full élevage in barrel. Spectacular! (RP)  (10/2014)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Richness rather than restraint is the watchword here, and the wine definitely inclines to ripeness, but its tilt does nothing to compromise its expression of very deep and unfettered Cabernet fruit. Dense, big in body, fleshy and tannic but still a bit brooding and far from evolved, this one ends with a rush of astringency, yet its abiding fruit steps up at the finish and dispels any concern that it might dry up and become austere as it ages. It has the substance and structure of a wine meant for keeping, and, if five years would seem the minimum wait, we suspect that ten will be better.  (4/2016)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall is one of the silkiest, most polished wines in the range. Sweet raspberry, rose petals, mint and red-fleshed fruits all blossom in the glass. Racy and voluptuous to the core, the Kathryn Hall is also distinctly bright in its voice. Mocha, ripe red cherry, plum and sweet floral/spiced notes meld into the finish. The base for the Kathryn Hall is the Sacrashe Vineyard, in Rutherford. Like all of the wines here, the Kathryn Hall is rich and extracted, but it also always has an attractive aromatic upper register. (AG)  (10/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Offering aromas of opulent blackberry, plum and currant, this is floral, tightly focused and delivers ample fruit intensity and purity on the palate. Ripe, fine-grained tannins and juicy dark berry details grace the finish. Drink now through 2030. 5,844 cases made. (Web Only, 2016)

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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 Médoc 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.
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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.
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California

- 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.