2013 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1323951 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is developing beautifully, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, tobacco, bay laurel, dark chocolate and rich soil. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, multidimensional and concentrated, with wonderful savory depth, fine grained but firm tannins and a long, taut and tangy finish. While this is firmly shut down today, its potential for the future is fully evident: expect it to begin to come into its own around its tenth birthday. (WK)  (5/2018)

95 points Decanter

 A True classic, bursting with red and black fruit vine smoke and pencil shavings; structured fine tannins and bracing Santa Cruz acidity. Consistently one of the most ageworthy Cabernets in California, gaining in volume and expansiveness with time in the cellar, always vibrant and intense. (WK)  (9/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 There’s an unparalleled woody intensity on the nose of this offering, with cigar box, myrrh, incense and bay leaf decorating the black peppercorn, herb-laced salt, dark chocolate and black plum aromas. The palate’s leathery flavors are woven into fine-grained tannins, revealing flashes of elderberry, violet and gravel. *Cellar Selection* (MK)  (12/2017)

94 points Vinous

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is wine of real pedigree and class that is going to need at least a handful of years to enter the prime of its drinking window. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, smoke and plum all resonate on the palate. Inky, deep and plush, the 2013 remains quite primary. I will not be surprised at all if the 2013 develops into an even better wine with time. That said, the 2013 is positively striking today, with compelling inner sweetness, tons of perfume and exceptional balance. (AG) 94+  (8/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate checks in as a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc that spent 32 months in 60% new French oak. Its inky purple/violet color is followed by a terrific perfumed of crème de cassis, spring flowers, licorice and hints of vanilla spice. Medium to full-bodied, silky and elegant on the palate, with chalky tannin, nicely integrated acidity and a great finish, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades or more.  (8/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Firmly built, with structure, focus and density, this offers a mix of taut dark berry, graphite, loamy earth, crushed rock and dried herb. A wine apart from the pack. (JL)  (10/2017)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2018 | Send Email
The nose is full of sweet cassis, powerful, riveting while it is highlighted with a touch of earth and leather. On the palate the wine has real weight, this is a powerful wine, it shows a bit of tannic framing while still being very drinkable, yet it lets you know it’s a Cabernet. The flavors expand on your tongue, more savory, earthy, Santa Cruz Mtn flavors, with the cassis returning and bits of dark chocolate. The finish says, drink me later (even though you could now) the flavors in this wine are so ready to open and expand, long and elegant with a bit of tannic grip in the finish.
Drink from 2020 to 2030

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
In the vintner's canon of California's 2013 vintage, this wine must be part of the gospel. It is undoubtedly a legendary classic in the making. It has everything. Heavy cassis fruit to lead an army of berries and black plums, an entire kitchen spice cabinet dominated by savor and spice and backed up with the sweeter spices from a perfect level of oak influence. Tobacco, cedar and cigar box are abundant. The acidity is incredible amidst all of the fruit. The tannin management is on point. This is a full bodied and rich cabernet that is defined by elegance and harmony. 2013 Mount Eden Cabernet undoubtedly has many years ahead of it and will feature heavily in some incredible evenings.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
Serious wine! The 2013 Mount Eden SCM Cabernet is yet another example of the seriousness, freshness and structure of the best 2013 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon. Lovely savory and green components add interest to the fruit on the nose, leading to a spicy palate of bright black cherry, cranberry, kirsch and American oak spices. It is all tied together with balanced tannins and succulent acidity, which should assure this wine of a nice long life ahead in bottle. This is fantastic Cabernet, one of my favorites year to date.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
This is consistently one of my favorite Cabernets coming out of California year after year. A little crunchy right now, there is a lot of structure here. The cooler climate of the Santa Cruz Mountains definitely aids in the higher acid, lower alcohol components of this wine, making it one of the few in California that can actually last decades. Jeffrey Patterson's decades of experience in the wine industry is highlighted in this wine, showing great length, complexity, and dynamic flavor.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5