2013 LAIRD “NAPA VALLEY” CABERNET SAUVIGNON
When it comes to traditionally styled Napa Valley Cabernet, one of my favorite examples is from Laird Family Winery. As one of the largest land owners in Napa Valley, Laird has access to some terrific fruit sources. The 2013 Napa Cab is built from almost equal parts Mast Ranch and Flat Rock vineyards. The winery produces single vineyard Cabernets from both of these sites which retail for $80 to $90 per bottle… It’s a brand that I love, and in fact we featured their 2012 vintage as one of our top 5 wines of the year in 2017. At $53/btl the 2013 is simply stunning and a wine that shouldn’t be missed.
Laird has always attracted terrific winemakers. The wines are currently made by Brian Mox, who spent several vintages at Lewis Cellars. In 2013, Laird’s Consulting Winemaker was Paul Hobbs, one of the top winemakers in the world, having crafted such notables as Opus One, DuMOL, and Peter Michael to name a few. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville spends an impressive 22 months in oak and generously delivers hedonistic delights with velvety tannins and great length. The most common reaction to tasting this one is “Why haven’t I heard of these guys before?” Consider yourself in-the-know!
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