2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside and Benchland Vineyards 375 ml

Year: 2013
Appellation: Dry Creek, Sonoma County
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$11.95

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside and Benchland Vineyards (aged 19 months in French oak) is a beauty. This serious Cabernet Sauvignon showcases just how good Cabernet can be from Dry Creek, although most readers would agree it is better known for Zinfandel. Dense ruby/purple, loads of black cherry, blackcurrant and dusty/loamy soil notes are present in this medium to full-bodied, concentrated and powerful wine. Alcohol is listed at 14.5%, but it may possibly be slightly higher. This is a blockbuster, full-bodied, impressively endowed Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20-25 years.

One of the historic wineries, Dry Creek is among the pioneers in the movement for high-quality Zinfandels. I met the original owner, David Stare, before I even started the Wine Advocate in 1978, so that gives you an idea of how far back both of us go." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The 2013 vintage was “cool” in every sense of the word. We had a very mild summer and a crisp Fall, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and fully. It was an abundant harvest so we have lots of delicious fruit. It was also very dry so the grapes had to work extra hard to get water, but stressed grapes often ensure that the best fruit rises to the top. The 2013 vintage is showing lots of lively spice. This wine opens with deep blackberry and currant on the nose with hints of anise. The mouthfeel is gentle, and the finish is lengthy. This Cabernet is very characteristic of a Dry Creek Valley Bordeaux. It offers intensity and richness and reflects the terroir beautifully.