This 2013 Cabernet displays the finesse and power of an ideal vintage. There is ample fruit to balance beautifully with the brooding structure. The wine offers pleasing flavors and aromas of berry, currant, cherry and sweet oak. It has great weight in the mid-palate with rich fruit and round tannins. It is enjoyable now and will continue evolving through 2023.
Vineyard and Winemaker’s notes
2013 is considered one of the finest growing seasons ever in Napa Valley and for good reason. Outstanding spring weather was followed by an ideal summer. By harvest time, the grapes displayed a perfect balance between ripeness and structure. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested during the last three weeks of September 2013.
The fruit was hand-sorted and fermented in small lots at an average of 85°F with gentle pump-overs for excellent flavor and color extraction. The wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 18 months and blended to attain balance. Merlot increased softness on the mid-palate while Malbec added texture and additional layers of ripe flavors to the wine. The Petit Verdot brings flashes of muscle to the blend.
Whitehall Lane Winery was founded in 1979, but the history of the soil cultivation dates back two centuries. In the mid 1800’s, Napa Valley settlers were drawn to the gravelly-loam soils and ideal climate, planting high quality grape vines at the Whitehall Lane Winery site. A barn constructed in the early 1900’s for equipment storage is still used today. In 1979, two brothers started the winery and directed their winemaking efforts successfully to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They named the winery after the road that runs along the southern border of the property, Whitehall Lane.
In 1993, the Leonardini Family purchased the Whitehall Lane Winery estate. They updated the winemaking and barrel-aging program and introduced a scientific approach in the vineyards. The winery now owns seven prime vineyards that are the cornerstone on which the wines are made. They include two vineyards in the St. Helena Appellation, three vineyards (including the winery) in the Rutherford Appellation, one vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley and one vineyard in Sonoma Valley.
In its short history, Whitehall Lane has developed into a world-class winery. The efforts of the Leonardini Family are evident in the run of accolades from wine publications but are even more apparent in their elegant, beautifully made wines.
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@rjquillin@Winedavid49 LOL I read “WW reference” and thought it referred to the ancenstral homeland of weekly (originally) online wine deals. As in w…w…com). I still remember the game of people guessing what the next wine would be, often based on a few hints thrown in, and then at a fixed time (I forget what day) it would be revealed. Those were the days, man!
I’m wary. I had a bottle of their Merlot and it was definitely a high pH fruit bomb style wine. Completely flat. (Haha, after that experience, I started carrying around some tartartic acid and some pH strips when going out with my friends, as it became a very in demand party trick. It’s fun to start making adjustments and getting everyone to taste the difference). Will be interested in seeing what the rats think.
@radiolysis not at much as you’d think. It definitely gives it a purple hue but the gradiants remain the same, if that makes sense. The strips are also more useful as a “is it low, medium, or high” thing, so precision isn’t necessary