2013 Hall "Kathryn Hall" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
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)
This wine is made to highlight the vintage and best vineyards, relying heavily on the producer’s top-end site, Sacrashe. A hugely constructed wine, bold and brawny, it also manages to be soft and velvety, allowing for a greater contribution of savory elements than sweet, from leather to black pepper to Mexican chocolate. It pushes the boundaries on decadence in mysterious ways.
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.
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)
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. (JL, Web-2016)