"The other red wine Leslie Rudd makes with his daughter Samantha is their Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon SamanthaāÄôs has a dark color, notes of tobacco leaf and blackberries, a touch of espresso, and a rich, full-bodied, luscious style. This is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, although some Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec are added. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2038." āDec-16
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc
100% New French Oak
The 2013 growing season was the driest on record with only 6Ė of rainfall, down from a 29Ė average. Despite this, growing conditions were nearly perfect, with moderate heat, balanced crop and only several days in August and September over 100Ā°F allowing even ripening. Harvest decisions were focused on capturing freshness in a dry year and avoiding overripe fruit characteristics through meticulous ļ¬eld and cluster sorting in the winery. The resulting wine offers power and balance in what is proving to be a classic vintage.