Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Region: America / California / Alexander Valley
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit for Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at high elevations on sloped hillsides with good drainage. This naturally puts an element of stress on the vines which creates small clusters, small berries and intensified flavors. The grapes were hand-sorted and underwent a four-day cold soak prior to fermentation to extract optimal color and flavor. After primary fermentation, the wine is then aged in French oak barrels, 95% new, where it underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 20 months of aging.

90 Points

Wine & Spirits

2013 vintage
95 Points

2013 vintage
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harvest note

High quality, outstanding fruit characteristics and generous yields describe the 2013 harvest. Harvest started slightly earlier than previous years after an ideal growing season that provided optimum temperatures for grapes to ripen. We had a wealth of sunshine and consistently warm days and cool nights, allowing the fruit ample time to develop full, rich flavors with great color and balance.

tasting note

This is a rich and full-bodied Cabernet with deep, layered aromas and concentrated flavors of dark cherry, plum, cocoa bean and cedar. This wine shows off firm, structured tannins and a luxurious, lingering finish.

food pairing

Excellent with blue cheese, wild mushrooms and ribeye steak

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Alexander Valley
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: Aged for 20 months in 100% French Oak barrels

points of distinction

  • Aged in 100% French oak barrels (35% new) for 20 months
  • about the grape +
Sq_sfv_bell-tower Chris-louton-230

β€œAn excellent expression of mountain Cabernet from Alexander Valley, this wine showcases great concentration of color, dark fruit aromas and a rich texture that reflects the vineyard from which the fruit is grown. Situated high above the fog line along the Western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, this Cabernet develops at a slow, steady pace which allows for full development of aromas, flavors while creating balanced acidities.”

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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