2013 Figgins Estate Red

Year: 2013
Appellation: Walla Walla, Columbia Valley
Country: USA-Washington
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93+
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.7%
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"A dynamic red, balancing structure with polish, offering rich notes of dark plum, espresso and savory spice that linger toward big but refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2023. -T.F." (WS)

"The flagship is the 2013 Estate Red Wine, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot that spent 20 months in 62% new French oak, with the balance in second fill barrels. Coming from a cooler, higher elevation site on the eastern edge of Walla Walla, this beauty possesses fabulous purity in its cassis and black raspberry fruit, violets, graphite and spring flower-like aromas and flavors. These give way to a full-bodied impeccably balanced 2013 that has fine tannin, nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. I don’t think it has the density of the 2012, but it shines for its overall harmony and purity. This beauty is enjoyable now, but should be at its best from 2020-2033.

Chris Figgins' (of Leonetti) own label, the focus here is on his estate vineyard located on the eastern edge of Walla Walla, in a cooler, higher elevation site (it's very close to Amaurice's estate vineyard)." (WA)

"(from the estate vineyard on deep silty loam on Mill Creek Road in the foothills of the Blue Mountains at an altitude of 1,500 to 1,750 feet): Very bright ruby-red. Cassis, licorice and stony minerality on the nose, plus a strong minty quality that's probably from the Petit Verdot component. Superconcentrated black fruits hint at creamy depth but are still very tightly wound and in need of patience. The wine's sweetness is nicely countered by an impression of high-altitude acidity. This extract-rich, extremely primary wine offers outstanding promise. The Mill Creek Upland vineyard can be dry-farmed in most years, according to Chris Figgins, as it receives about 22 inches of rain (high for Walla Walla Valley), vs. just 12 at Seven Hills, just 16 miles to the southwest as the vulture flies." (VM)

"This blend offers beguiling, complex aromas of violets, scorched earth, cassis, black licorice and graphite. The flavors are tightly wound, showing poise and presence. It drinks well out of the gate but cellaring will be particularly rewarded. Best from 2022 through 2030." (WE)

Winery Notes:
2013 begins a string of warm vintages that deeply favor the relatively cool Figgins Estate Vineyard. The nose opens to a generous and harmonious fragrance of cocoa powder, cinnamon, mixed florals, dried ripe cherries and cassis. On the palate the wine is brimming with brilliant and robust black and blue fruits. The absolutely seamless fine long grain tannins and a string of energizing acidity bring refreshing lift and balance to the richness of the fruit. This vintage is not to be missed!

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