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2013 Lancaster Estate Sophia's Hillside Cuvée

2013 Lancaster Estate Sophia's Hillside Cuvée

93 Points - Robert Parker
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SKU: 040476

A perfectly balanced, intense wine with aromas and flavors of cherry, red currant and vanilla meld beautifully with flavors of strawberry, raspberry and dark chocolate.

Our 2013 Sophia’s Hillside Cuvée is composed of our young hillside blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and our oldest block of Malbec. The fruit from these estate vineyard blocks meld together to create a perfectly balanced, intense wine. It has the fruit-forward youthfulness and freshness of the young Cabernet Sauvignon that is softened and balanced by the lush old vine Malbec and young Merlot. Aromas and flavors of cherry, red currant and vanilla meld beautifully with flavors of strawberry, raspberry and dark chocolate. Strong, velvety tannins make this an age-worthy yet approachable wine with a lingering finish.
 

Ratings
93 Points - Robert Parker. The 2013 Sophia’s Hillside Cuvée is a proprietary red blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec and Merlot. This is a beautiful deep, dark, broodingly backward wine with an opaque plum/purple color, sweet cassis, licorice, forest floor and camphor. Full-bodied and rich with surprisingly sweet tannin, given the highly concentrated personality of this wine, this is a beauty and exceptionally well-made. This is a showcase for Alexander Valley’s fruit quality. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.; 91 Points - Wine Specatator. Exhibits a zesty burst of vibrant red berry and currant fruit, sharply focused and lively, with a supple texture and a long, persistent finish that keeps echoing the core flavors, gaining red and black licorice details and floral scents. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2027. 624 cases made.—J.L. 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast.
Winemaker Notes
Our 2013 Sophia’s Hillside Cuvée is composed of our young hillside blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and our oldest block of Malbec. The fruit from these estate vineyard blocks meld together to create a perfectly balanced, intense wine. It has the fruit-forward youthfulness and freshness of the young Cabernet Sauvignon that is softened and balanced by the lush old vine Malbec and young Merlot. Aromas and flavors of cherry, red currant and vanilla meld beautifully with flavors of strawberry, raspberry and dark chocolate. Strong, velvety tannins make this an age-worthy yet approachable wine with a lingering finish.
Composition
93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 2% Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Red Blends
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Harvest Date
Between September 11, and October 22, 2013
Acid
5.9 g/L
pH
3.9
Aging
Aged sur lie for 18 months in 100% French oak; 30% new
Alcohol %
14.9
Wine Spectator
91
Wine Enthusiast
91
Robert Parker
93
Production Notes
This wine was aged sur lie for 18 months in 100% French oak from the Nevers and Allier forests in central France. We chose barrels from several coopers including Taransaud, Demptos, Saury, and Bel Air. 30% of the barrels were new and all were coopered using a combination of Medium Plus, Medium Long, and Heavy toast levels to provide better integration and balance.
Vineyard Notes
The Alexander Valley experienced another ideal vintage in 2013. The length of the growing season provided moderate temperatures for the grapes to ripen at the optimal speed. The result is another stellar vintage defined by clean, outstanding fruit characteristics with balanced and bright acidity, tannins and sugar levels. We harvested the grapes between September 11, and October 22, 2013.
Production
624 cases produced

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