The Wine

The 2013 Zakin Family Estate wine shows concentrated purple at first sight that gives way to just a hint of color more consistent with Bordeaux.

The nose confirms this tendency, as the initial nose is extremely dense and populated with Bordeaux style aromatics of peppercorns and pencil shavings. Tucked behind these aromatics is fresh Napa fruit of raspberry and wild strawberries.

As the wine continues to drink oxygen, it starts to achieve more and more harmonious aromas, launching into lavender, violets, rosemary, sage, tobacco as well as succulent and vibrant Napa fruits of blackberry, cassis, and ripe raspberry.

All the while the tannin structure is impeccably polished and persistent. The wine lingers on the palate with immensely fresh acidity. Structured, balanced and harmonious, the 2013 estate gives all the impression of being able to age indefinitely.

Augie Kersting, former Estate Sommelier at Meadowood Resort

The 2013 vintage is 100% estate grown and 100% cabernet sauvignon. It was harvested between September 29th and October 27th, 2013 and processed at Vin 29 in St. Helena.  Due to the gravity feed setup at the winery, which does not use any pumps, there is minimal intervention and disruption during the winemaking process, a philosophy embraced by Philippe Melka.

The grapes were fermented on their skins for 25 days, and then aged in 80% new oak for 18 months.

The 2013 growing season consisted of a warm, relatively dry spring resulting in an earlier than normal bloom.  The continued warm weather during berry formation gave us the expectation of a frantic harvest, but three separate days of rain in late September

slowed sugar accumulation to more normal rates. This allowed the fruit to hang longer on the vine and reach optimum flavor profiles without the fruit sustaining extensive damage from heat.

Because of theses unique growing conditions, the 2013 vintage shows characteristics of rich aromas and deep color. The small berries and thick skins allowed longer maceration times, extracting flavors that will intensify during the aging process.

 

2013 is an elegant yet powerful vintage.

Tucked behind these aromatics is fresh Napa fruit of raspberry and wild strawberries.

As the wine continues to drink oxygen, it starts to achieve more and more harmonious aromas, launching into lavender, violets, rosemary, sage, tobacco as well as succulent and vibrant Napa fruits of blackberry, cassis, and ripe raspberry.

All the while the tannin structure is impeccably polished and persistent. The wine lingers on the palate with immensely fresh acidity. Structured, balanced and harmonious, the 2013 estate gives all the impression of being able to age indefinitely.

Augie Kersting, former Estate Sommelier at Meadowood Resort