2013 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1243071 93 points James Suckling

 Serious red with plum, currant, walnut and stone aromas and flavors. Full-bodied yet tight and reserved. Silky and firm tannins. A wine with tone and character. Better in 2020.  (5/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a big, lush, juicy wine with grip and a fully-formed body, accented with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A great deal for the quality, it’s well made and deeply satisfying in highlights of coffee, cedar, mocha and blackberry, girded by a firm structure.  (8/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This is an excellent value in Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the white label utilized by Amici. Dense ruby/purple, with loads of cassis fruit, blueberries, good purity, ripeness and decent tannin. It’s medium to full-bodied and compact, but pleasant. This wine should evolve and drink nicely for 10-12 years. (RP)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

An aptly named wine, as this wine has made "friends" with the staff here at K&L! Feels like a no-expense-spared Napa Cab, for a reasonable price.

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2017 | Send Email
My favorite Cabernet Sauvignon’s in the store, for both taste and value. This wine comes from our friends at Amici, a winery based in the Napa Valley. It’s primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (89%), with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot blended in. The wine exudes aromas of deep plum, black currant, blueberry, and blackberry. Bouquet of espresso, dark chocolate, and lavender. On the palate, dark fruit flavors of cassis and blackberry come forward once more, with additional flavors of mocha and vanilla. A noted savory quality to this wine as well. Great balance of richness to acidity; tannin structure is silky in texture. Drinking really well now, but will as with others, 2013 is widely regarded as one of the best vintages on record for Napa Valley winemaking. Can easily cellar for another 10 years. One of our best Cabernet Sauvignons in store for under $75

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2017 | Send Email
This is among the last Napa Cab blends we have from the great 2013 vintage and perhaps the best deal for a sub-$50 Napa we have in stock. This is exactly the type of wine that makes people want to drink Napa Cab. Rich and full bodied the wine opens with plum, cassis, and red berry notes. Interplaying with the ripe fruit are notes of sandalwood, coffee and chocolate, adding savory depth to the wine. Well balanced with a firm structure and integrated tannins, this is a beautiful bottle for cool evenings and serious nights.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2016 | Send Email
This is real deal Cabernet. What I love about this wine is that you absolutely get that beautiful Napa Valley Cabernet fruit but there is so much more going on with with. There is a judicious amount of oak, it rounds out and adds subtle chocolate and spice notes. There is also a savory almost olive like note to it that plays incredibly off the fruit. Full and rich this is a very satisfying Cabernet.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2016 | Send Email
Amici Napa Cabernet has been a favorite for quite some time now. The 2013 vintage was superb for cabs in the area and it really shows in the bottling. Blackberry, blueberry, cassis, a touch of vanilla and oak spice. Drinking well now and will reward another 10 years in the cellar.

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 14.5