2013 Sbragia "Godspeed Vineyard" Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $80)

SKU #1435717 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As for the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Godspeed, this wine is still in barrel. This demonstrates why, as good as 2013 is, this is an exceptional, singular, and possibly once-in-a-lifetime vintage for Bordeaux varietals in Napa. An inkier, bluish/purple color with a stunning sense of blueberries, white flowers and forest floor are followed by an opulent, full-bodied wine with terrific integration of acidity, tannin and alcohol. It tops the charts at 15.3% alcohol, but otherwise has identical analytical numbers to the 2012, but it tastes even deeper and richer, with a good 25 years of upside. (RP)  (3/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 From a prime site relatively high in elevation for the appellation, this wine shows beautiful, crisp acidity, as robust layers of mountain raspberry, blackberry and coffee flavor vie for attention. Full bodied and densely structured, it unfurls in wisps of black licorice and clove on the lengthy finish. (VB)  (7/2017)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: This wine defines our passion for mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon. At 1,500 feet elevation, at the end of a long and winding road, Larry Stricker’s picturesque vineyard comprises a series of steep hillsides and mixed sedimentary and volcanic soils. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines that cling to its slopes produce small clusters of deeply concentrated grapes that lead to statuesque wines with immense aging potential. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot."

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By: Ari Gorfain | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2019 | Send Email
Mt. Veeder Cab for under fifty dollars? Throw in an exceptional vintage and we are talking lunacy! The 2013 Sbragia Godspeed Vineyard Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is the real deal. Baking cocoa is immediately apparent on the nose with a mint and eucalyptus tinge in the background. The palate is prototypical Mt. Veeder: deeply spiced, vividly floral, brambleberry and minerality. Get some while it lasts.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2019 | Send Email
When Robert Parker drinks this wine and says it's a once in a lifetime vintage for Mount Veeder, you sit up and take notice. This smashing Napa Cab grows on steep hillsides at high elevation on volcanic soils. The nose boasts bramble berries, cedar wood, cigar box, dry earth, powerful floral notes, and licorice. The palate touts tart cherries, dark vanilla, cassis, and blackberry compote. This wine has exceptional structure and balanced tannins. It's beautiful now, and it will age exceptionally well.

By: Sean Reilly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2019 | Send Email
This is the BEST Cabernet I've tasted in months! High praise coming from the SF CA Cab liason. It's big and luscious with a finish that lasts for days. Deep dark fruit nuances with ample tannins. If you're a lover of CA Cab like me, you'll run to the nearest K&L and snag this wine with a quickness. It's a 2013 for under $50 folks!!!
Drink from 2019 to 2033

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2019 | Send Email
Wow! This wine is firing on all cylinders right now. Quintessential Mountain Cab from a great vintage and a legendary winemaker. This has the hallmark aromas of Veeder Cab - briary red and black fruit, cedar, cigar box, power and finesse in perfect symphony. This wine is explosively aromatic and rich but also quite refined and poised on the palate with length and a fine linear tannin structure. It's drinking beautifully with a few years in bottle to integrate and mature, but still has 10+ years of life ahead of it. We struck a great deal on this majestic 2013 bottling and our price is almost to good to be true. Don't miss it!

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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 (%): 15