2013 Père de Famille

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Just as we finished picking the Merlot blocks, the weather cooled down. This cooling slowed down the ripening for Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot: the extra time on the vine brought complexity and character to both varieties. The cooler weather also preserved the vital acidity of the grape and freshness in the wines, while allowing the tannin to ripen further. The result is a wonderfully integrated mouthfeel, layers of fruit, with tension and a dramatic length. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (89%) gives the 2013 Père de Famille a vibrant, ruby-purple hue. The breadth of aromatics is exciting, expressed as red currant, blackberry blossom, crushed herbs, and leather, with creamy bay leaf, thyme, and star anise notes. The palate is dense and penetrating, offers an elegant, vibrant structure, with a finish that reflects red fruits and spice. This vintage of Père de Famille is unique, with the readiness of a warm vintage, but the aromatics and aging ability of a cool growing season.

Wine Specifications

  • Vintage: 2013
  • Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Region: Washington
  • Acclaim

    "More approachable than the 2012, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille has a full-bodied, sexy, yet still focused and pure style to go with pretty and expressive notes of red plums, cassis, black raspberries, violets, graphite and spring flowers. It has a great finish and sweet tannin, and while it has plenty of fruit, I suspect it will firm up once in bottle and require short-term cellaring."- RP Barrel Sample (92-94)
2013 Père de Famille