20 Cases Available
Appellation: Napa Valley
Growing season notes:
The 2013 growing season was considered by most a "classic" for Napa Cabernet. The dry, warm summer allowed for hillside vineyards like ours to ripen earlier than usual. The 2013 vintage marks the first vintage where hand farming was accompanied by the start of our effort to wean the vines of excessive water, and where we began our eventual move towards dry farming. We also implemented a "no spray" philosophy where we farmed the Hennessey site without the use of any chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides.
We harvested the fruit in early October. The fruit was both cluster and berry sorted and fermented in a stainless-steel tank. After primary fermentation, it was barreled down to 50% new French oak barrels and 50% one-year-old French oak barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. It was aged for 28 months before bottling.
This release has the hallmark dense black cherry expected from this site, with hints of dark chocolate, plum, allspice and pomegranate. There is also a gravelly minerality which should show more prominently over time. The finish is lingering and leathery. The 2013, with its pronounced, grippy tannins, will age well for many years to come.