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Napa Valley's 2013 vintage surpassed even the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality. A winter with very low rainfall was followed by a dry, warm spring and summer. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, good fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Perfect weather throughout harvest fostered intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines. "I believe Napa Valley's 2013 vintage is the best of the past 10 years," says Winemaker Trevor Durling. "Our 2013 Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and muscular, with great texture and density on the palate." The expansive aromas and flavors exude sumptuous blackberry, Satsuma plum, black cherry and cassis expression, layered with nuances of bittersweet chocolate, rum raisin, roasted espresso bean and sun-warmed rose. There is also an elusive chaparral note that reminds us of an August hike in the golden California hills. This is truly a wine that speaks to both the personality of Hewitt Vineyard and the outstanding, warm and dry 2013 vintage. Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon is very age-worthy, however, if you can't wait to drink it, we suggest decanting to allow the favors to evolve and reveal their great complexity and elegance.
The resulting wine has deep black cherry and currant fruit complemented by classic Rutherford expression of cocoa, cedar and black olive. Impressive and elegant, Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon may be enjoyed in its youth or savored after years in the cellar.
Wine SpectatorA firm, rich, gutsy style that's dense, extracted, layered and persistent, driven by dusty, loamy earth notes and dark berry, cherry, currant and anise flavors. Most impressive on the finish, where the flavors run deep and long. Best from 2020 through 2032. 2,646 cases made.