The growing conditions of 2013 were beyond ideal, with lots of sunny warm days and cool nights throughout the Spring and Summer. September was also warm, allowing the fruit to fully ripen with outstanding flavors. The grapes were harvested between September 12th and September 23rd when the flavors were at their peak.
The Leonardini Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from handpicked blocks in Whitehall Lane’s Estate Vineyards. This 2013 wine was made from grapes grown in three of the Leonardini Family’s seven Estate Vineyard properties. It included select vineyard rows of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oak Glen and Millennium MM Vineyards. The Petit Verdot was harvested from our Fawn Park Vineyard in St. Helena. The wine was aged in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels for 22 months.
This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a deep, intense color and a distinct fruit center that begins with black cherry, violet and currant aromas. It is well balanced, elegant and sleek on the palate, delivering very long berry and cherry flavors through to the finish. The underlying tannin structure, complexity and ample fruit guarantees rewards to the patient collector over the next 12 or so years (about 2028.)
93 Points James Suckling – “A young red with lots of blue fruits and minerals. Mint undertones. Full body, ultra-fine tannins. Racy, compressed tannins. Very balanced.”