2013 Rendezvous Red, Lot 13
Cabernet Franc/ Syrah blend. This wonderful blend of 60% Cab Franc, 30% Syrah, and 10% Merlot is full bodied and brimming with dark and red berry fruit, warm toasty oak, and outstanding structure. Each grape variety reveals itself in layers of rich black cherry, plum, blackberry and cassis. Patient aging in French and eastern European oak for 18 month, had brought this blend into balance adding to its rich finish. The structure and long finish of this wine make it a perfect match for grilled meats and hearty dishes.
With great back-to-back vintages, 2013 was every bit as good as 2012 has proven to be. Amidst concerns about another drought year, the rain gauges filled up to about 80% of the yearly average. The growing conditions were very favorable, which resulted in a remarkably similar growing season to the exceptional 2012 vintage. The only notable difference, however, was the increase of heat units in 2013, as measured by the Growing Degree Day index. With below average rainfall for the season bud break initiated earlier than average over the past several years. April showers helped to drive good shoot growth and set the plants up for May flowering. Excellent weather at flowering time allowed for fantastic set and a bountiful yield across all appellations and varieties. Even with an earlier start to the growing season, the grapes had the ideal amount of time on the vine to achieve full maturity without any threat of inclement weather late in the season. Wines from the 2013 vintage exhibit extremely pure and polished tannins and the acidity will provide longevity, but the supple structure also offers earlier enjoyment.
|Varietal Composition||60% Cab Franc - Alexander Valley
10% Merlot - Alexander Valley
30% Syrah - Dry Creek Valley
|Aging||20 Months French & Hungarian
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