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2013 Napa Cab Values: Two Sharp Buys from a Historic Vintage - 12/11/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Parker-acclaimed 2013 Napa Cabs for under $50 will be wines that any collector will be thankful to have loaded up on while still available. The 2013 vintage in Napa Valley has offered wine lovers a once in a lifetime opportunity Never before have we encountered such consistently profound wines across the board. Whether it be the grand vin of a top estate or a little known under the radar gem, the 2013s are shockingly good. Given the consistent quality and huge points the 2013s have garnered, many have already come and gone from the market. However, two outstanding values that can still be had are the RP92+ point, Hall Napa Cab and the RP94 point, Antica Napa Cab. Both are priced under $45 and are sterling renditions of this magnificent vintage. For those who love a classic Napa Cab profile, this pair way over-delivers. Dark, concentrated, and brooding efforts, they show off all the best aspects of this brilliant vintage. Given the ever-upward climb in the price for Napa Cab, finding these top-tier efforts for under $60 is downright impressive. Go and had and pop the cork on these now or cellar for 20-plus years, either way you’re sure to be impressed.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2013 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92 $39.99 View
2013 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 Price: Hidden View

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2013 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, and 3% Syrah, shows a dense ruby/purple color, super concentration, chocolate, a touch of oak and a medium to full-bodied impressively concentrated style. Its approachable now, but perhaps will be better in 4-5 years and last 20. Hall has quickly become one of the great superstars in the Napa Valley firmament. 92+ points. (RP)" (12/2015)

Vinous: "Hall's Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is dark, powerful and succulent. Black cherry, mocha, spice and leather all flesh out in an open-knit, layered Cabernet that captures the essence of the year. Drink this fleshy, inviting Cabernet Sauvignon over the near term, while the fruit remains vibrant. The Napa Valley Cabernet emerges mostly from a site in Pope Valley. (AG)" (10/2015)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 27, 2017

Hall made the scene, so to speak, with their RP95 Napa Cab in 2008 and quickly became one of the great go-to value Cabs on the market. But what is more exciting is the overall jump in quality at the winery to rival some of Napa's greatest wines. I think that is the story with the 2013 Napa Cab more than any score that's been put on it. Straight out of the bottle there's pure cassis and vanilla aromas. The palate is very soft with explosive red and black fruit, well-integrated tannins, and a string of acidity that carries an impressive finish. I would decant now for 2-4 hours or leave in a cool cellar for five years, but I'm sure those that see this to maturity will have a gem in their collection that will defy the sub-$50 price-point. For those looking for a sweet spot wine in 2013 Napa Cabernet, it doesn't get much better than this.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 22, 2016

This rich, smooth and creamy wine is classic Napa Valley floor through and through. Oodles of plush and sweet fruit smother the ripe tannins as this glides across your palate. Go ahead and decant but don't feel you need to wait on this in-your-face and approachable bottling. Lovers of Caymus take note.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 25, 2016

This young, age-worthy Cab certainly needs a few years to develop, but after an aggressive decant (2+ hours) some lovely dark fruit/dark berry, toasted almond and cocoa notes really start to jump out of the glass. On the palate, black currant, dried cherry, licorice and mocha. Follow this wine (and production) over the next five to ten years and prepare to be impressed.

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2013 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

94 points James Suckling: "Intriguing aromas of walnut, shiitake mushroom and dark fruits follow through to a full body, round and velvety tannins and a bright finish. A vivid and silky mouthfeel. Long finish. Drink or hold." (01/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beautifully elegant, stylish Cabernet Sauvignon from the Antinori outpost in Napa Valley, their 2013 has a dense ruby/purple color, a beautiful, sweet kiss of pure blackcurrant fruit, licorice and forest floor. Full-bodied, but with creamy texture, sweet, beautifully integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol, this is an impressively well-crafted wine thats drinkable now, but should evolve nicely for another 15-20 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Elegant and on the more austere side of the variety, this wine is graceful and complex. Tight-grained waves of cherry, cranberry and cassis marry well with its velvety texture and restrained use of oak. (VB)" (12/2016)

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2018

Months ago when we first got this wine in the shop, I remember really enjoying it. I tasted it again this past week and holy smokes, this is a rock solid Napa Cab! The Antica vineyard is located at 1,800 feet with volcanic rock and produces low-yields and concentrated flavors. Riper fruit is present but well balanced with a firm tannic structure. The price is right and can be enjoyed at any occasion.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 17, 2017

Antica Cabernet is the flagship wine from the Antinori project in the Napa Valley. The 2013 is just delicious! Savory herbs, ripe cassis flavors with a lush velvety texture, this wine is just touched with toasty oak. The finish is long and sweet. Being mountain fruit, there is a fair amount of structure and density to this wine, but it shows surprisingly open and fleshy. Enjoy now!

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 06, 2017

The Antica Napa Valley label comes to us from the Antinori family, famed for their bold and expressive Italian winemaking. This is reflected in the style and presentation of the 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet, which is structured very much like a classic Italian wine: dry, with firm tannin, earthy spice and graphite notes. The vineyards of Antica are located high on Atlas Peak, and they are planted on predominately western-facing volcanic slopes. It's no wonder ashy minerality is the standout characteristic of this wine, which sets it apart from the typically fruit- and oak-dominated Napa Valley Cab.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 05, 2017

This 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the people at Antica, Marcheses Antinoris California venture. With over 600 years of winemaking experience under their belt, this wine shows both influences from their Old World roots to New World influences exemplified from the terroir and climate of Atlas Peak. Initial aromas of charred and grilled fruit, especially plum. Blackberry sauce and roasted green bell pepper round out the nose. On the palate, ripe blackberry is complimented by a noted mineral quality and espresso flavors. Supple tannins leave the wine with an elegant finish. For a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon under $50, this wine delivers.