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94-Point Napa Cab from the Historic 2013 Vintage for under $40 - 02/02/2018 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Just because you arrive late doesn’t mean you can’t be the life of the party. Take for example the utterly brilliant 2013 Napa Cab from Silverado. While it may be one of the last 2013 Napa Cab releases to hit the market, it is hardly an afterthought and more than worthy of your attention. A classic Napa Cab through and through, it has big, bold flavors of black and blue fruits, exotic Asian spice, and touches of cedar and cigar box. Best of all, it comes at sub-$40 price that is increasingly rare from Napa. For many, many years Silverado has been a go-to producer at K&L, so needless to say, we were very excited to see what they would do with the historic 2013 vintage. From the first sip alone, we knew it was a home-run. As big and powerful as it is, the 2013 Silverado remains very approachable and is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. As far as the 2013s go, this is a terrific value and a bottling that is destined to make many a Cab drinker very happy indeed.

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2013 Silverado Vineyards Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.95)

93 points James Suckling: "A polished and pretty 2013 Cabernet that delivers blueberry, slate and blackberry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied yet reserved and tight. Drink or hold." (01/2016)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Jon Emmerich blends this wine from three estate vineyards-Stag's Leap, Mt. George and Oakville Station. It's a deeply mineral-inflected wine, with chipped-stone tannins that are neither pushed nor heavily extracted, but gracious in their taut structure. The purple fruit may be concentrated, but it also has a pretty side, hinting at redder tones and green-olive salinity underneath. Probably best enjoyed over the next five years, this is built for roast lamb." (08/2017)

Decanter: "Although the most basic of Silverado's Cabernet bottlings, this is nonetheless made in a firm, structured style. The nose is intense and minty, marked by fragrant blackcurrant and blackberry aromas. There's a firm attack, with robust tannins that give a certain austerity. The fruit is solid but the wine needs time. Quite long. (SB)"

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2018

On these cool winter nights there is nothing better than a big Napa Cabernet! Silverado reveals itself with plush notes of black fruit, dried herbs and espresso tasting notes. This is not about overblown fruit. It is big, but balanced with the fruit, oak and tannins, all well integrated. Silky smooth and velvety in texture, the classic Staggs Leap District Cab pervades. The balanced acidity makes for a long finish, with flavors that continue to warm the insides of the heart. Light a fire, open the bottle of Silverado and enjoy the magic that only a Napa Cabernet can bring.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2018

What a gem! Surprisingly green on the nose, with pepper notes and subtle mocha through the palate, Silverado is a well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that somehow showcases classic Napa style while feeling reminiscent of Bordeaux. In fact, we sneaked it into a lineup of Left Bank new arrivals and it held its own! This is still California though: dark berry fruit shines through, with a welcome structure to the finish. Grip, elegance, and all estate fruit for barely 40 bucks the 2013 Silverado will impress Napa fans and beyond.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2018

A classic Napa Cabernet in a style and price point that has become all too rare these days! It's built on deep, earthy, powerful fruit, loamy notes, cedar and cigar box. The palate is rich and full but not confected or over extracted. The oak gives a framework and exotic spice but doesn't over power the varietal nuances. There's a freshness to the fruit and a line and length that is really well done. Real pedigree on display here. In the realms of modern Napa Cab this is a very impressive and complete wine for such a modest price point.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2018

Glad to see another well made and super interesting Napa Cab come in at under $40! Toasted mocha, burnt caramel, and chewy tannins give this wine tons of complex, interesting, and satisfying flavor and mouth feel. The acidity is balanced, making this a perfect dinner pairing for a protein, especially one covered in a sweeter sauce, whether it be BBQ or fruit-based.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2018

The 2013s sure do impress! One of the later releases, the Silverado Estate Cabernet, is a great example of a California Cabernet that is not overdone. The fruit is full and ripe but is balanced with the rest of the wine. This is a big, sturdy Cab that shows lots of complexity but still manages to show some finesse. This should please most if not all California Cab drinkers.