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The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Tuthills Lane Vineyard was aged for 16 months in French oak (50% new, the remainder neutral). It comes in at 13.9% alcohol. Simply gorgeous, this has sensual texture and rich fruit--in a subtle way, if I can put it that way--and an impeccably balanced demeanor. Graceful, without a hair out of place, it is drinking fairly well now, at least after a couple of hours of air. It does tighten a bit on the finish. More importantly, it is unevolved in its primary fruit impression. It tastes great, missing just one thing: that complexity that only comes with age. It takes the regular Cabernet, adds texture and seems more serious and age-worthy. Overall, you could drink this today and it would still be amazing--but don't. I held it open for over two hours and it just kept getting better. As graceful and approachable as it seemed on opening, it never faded, thinned or retreated even a little bit. About five years in the cellar should help it a lot. At that point, a lot of the relatively few rough edges will be rounded off and it will start showing a little complexity. If you want to see how you combine structure, sex appeal and elegance into a beautifully balanced whole, start here.
Wine SpectatorThis delivers a direct beam of red and black cherry fruit flavors inlaid with a toasted vanilla edge and backed by a light brambly note that imparts needed energy on the finish. Drink now. 101 cases made.