2013 TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon,  Napa Valley

Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Superb, mature sites in the prestigious Oak Knoll, Rutherford and Oakville AVA’s highlight the pedigree of this release
  • Classic Bordelaise winemaking (handwork in vineyard, hand sorting, new French oak barrels, egg-white fining, unfiltered) partnered with Napa Valley Merlot provides a bold and impeccably balanced result

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Price: $29 per bottle

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"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley spent 16 months in French oak. It exhibits the vintage’s attractive notes of spice box, generous fruit, outstanding ripeness, and fine purity. This is a delicious “textbook” Cabernet Sauvignon that should well young and age effortlessly for 15 or more years. It reminds me of the great 1974 Souverain Vintage Selection, an early best buy in The Wine Advocate that at forty years of age is still going strong!"
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, November 2014

"Exceptional quality and value. This is a supple, ripely flavored, well balanced Cabernet with medium richness, excellent flavor (black cherry, cassis, blackberry, toast, spicy oak), and a long, mildly tannic finish. Drinks well now but should develop with additional aging. 5 Stars!"
Restaurant Wine, Ronn Weigand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, August 2014

"The sleeper of the vintage and a noteworthy value."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2013

"Bright purple. Fragrant aromas of candied cherry, cassis, cured tobacco, minerals and dried rose. Chewy and sharply focused, offering good density to its dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Finishes long and delineated, with gentle tannic grip and strong spicy thrust."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013

"Finely structured, poised palate that is harmonious, effortless and has good length."
- Decanter Magazine (UK), 2014

"Beautifully balanced, this an exceptional Napa Cabernet at the price. It is full bodied, supple, complex in character, very long on the palate, and persistent on the finish, tasting of cassis, kola nut, toast, red currant, bay leaf, pepper, and spicy oak."
- Restaurant Wine, Issue #147-149, 2013

"Textbook "Fin de Journee" is a pretty, accessible wine laced with sweet red berries, crushed flowers, and spices. Hints of tobacco and cedar appear later, adding complexity and nuance. This feminine red comes together nicely with time in the glass."
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

"Bright violet. Blackcurrant, cherry pit and licorice aromas are lifted by a leafy quality and a hint of camphor. Silky on its feet, with redcurrant and menthol flavors given cut by harmonious acidity. The savory finish features smooth tannins and lingering spiciness. I like this wine's clarity and bite."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar


Vintage 2013 followed the excellent 2012 and led to debates as to which vintage was “better”. Our sense is they are both very, very high quality; both had abundant sunshine, cool evenings and a dry harvest season. The even weather patterns in late September allowed the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest to occur at a more relaxed pace, which is good for high-quality winemaking. While fermenting, our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon lots were deeply colored, richly textured and thus showed great promise from the get-go. 


The core of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three sites situated within the Oak Knoll, Rutherford and Oakville AVA’s. The Oak Knoll Cabernet site exemplifies its provenance with incredible structure and balance. The lot from the Rutherford AVA contributed richness and Cabernet purity. Our Oakville District Merlot site again strutted its stuff, delivering deep color, high-quality grape tannin and aromatics. Collectively, TEXTBOOK 2013 showcases superlative “Napa Valley Cabernet” in a classic, delicious manner. 


At harvest, clusters were field sorted then hand-picked, and then hand-sorted, berry-by-berry at an average of 25.5 Brix. Cold soaking for 2 days in open-top temperature-controlled fermenters developed color and flavor (in the absence of alcolhol). Fermentation began spontaneously with prevailing yeasts and one daily punchdown kept the cap immersed in must, extracting superb flavor and structure. After inoculation with cultured yeasts and twenty-six days on their skins the must was gently pressed into French oak barriques at 5 brix where it completed fermentation. One Oakville District Merlot lot was used, adding really nice mouthfeel and mid-palate. Barrels were 100% French, 30% new, three-year air dried, medium-plus toast and handbent by Cadus and Francois Freres in central France. Fourteen months barrel maturation with only one racking and one organic egg white fining integrated flavors and developed its wonderfully smooth mouth-feel.

We believe it is a “textbook” example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation and that it can be enjoyed for several years to come.


Regional Composition: 100% Napa Valley (70% Oak Knoll, 20% Rutherford, 10% Oakville District)
Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
pH: 3.72
Alcohol: 14%
TA: 0.57 g/100mL

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