2013 Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1335330 90 points James Suckling

 A juicy and fruity red with plum and dried berry character. Some terracotta too. Full and velvety tannins. Very drinkable now but will improve with age.  (1/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 This medium-bodied red includes 8% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. Toasted oak scents lead the nose, followed by generous cherry, cranberry and cassis notes on the palate, supported by soft acidity. (VB)  (5/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Well-proportioned in a moderately rich and fruit-driven style, with tiers of fleshy currant and dark berry flavors. The tannins are easygoing and well-integrated, reminding you of their presence without becoming overbearing. (JL)  (11/2016)

K&L Notes

Whitehall Lane Winery was founded in 1979 by two brothers who wanted to make Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from this prime Rutherford location. The winery was named after the road that runs along the southern border of the winery. In 1993 the Leonardini family of San Francisco bought the property, and they brought the quality and fame of the winery to what it is today: one of the most recognizable labels and most visited tasting rooms in all of Napa Valley. The 2013 Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot aged in a combination of French and American oak for 18 months. Dark berry and cassis aromas and subtle spice notes are present on the nose while the palate is alive with fresh blackberry, cassis, mocha, Baker’s chocolate and spice flavors. Good acidity, excellent tannin structure and fabulous complexity all combine to make this a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a great showcase for the outstanding overall quality of the 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vintage. This will pair marvelously well with all kinds of grilled red meats or can sit quietly in your cellar for the next five to ten years while it gains additional complexity and some of its lively edges harmonize together.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2