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Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

The superb 2013 vintage gave the 2013 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon its unctuous fruit character and dense structure. Hugely complex, the wine reveals a broad spectrum of briary blackberry, black cherry and currant notes, with nuances of violet and bittersweet chocolate. Muscular tannins support the plush, expansive palate, while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy.

James Suckling - 97 Points

“Love the aromas of mint, blackcurrants, stones, black licorice and flowers. Full-bodied, dense and tight with layers of very, very fine and velvety tannins and a long and fantastic finish. Wonderful length and texture. A classic.” – James Suckling

Wine Advocate - 95+ points

One of the two flagship cuvées, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is a fabulous wine.

A great effort in 2013, as one might expect in this vintage, this wine needs 5–6 years and seems capable of lasting 30–40 or more, given the history of the great BV Private Reserves.

Inky purple to the rim, with an extraordinary nose of créme de cassis and kirsch, licorice, cedarwood, and a touch of underbrush, the wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, dense style, has great acidity, moderately sweet tannin, and a long, long finish.” - Robert Parker

Vineyards

We hand selected grapes from the finest vines on our Ranches No. 1 and No. 2, planted by Georges de Latour in the early 1900s. We focused on clones that yield small berries with high skin-to-juice ratio needed to make intense, long-lived wines. These vines are deeply rooted in well-draining alluvial soils of the Rutherford AVA, considered one of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon regions.

Winemaking Notes

At our state-of-the-art winery dedicated exclusively to this wine, we hand sorted the destemmed berries to retain the highest quality fruit. Forty-five percent of the grapes were fermented in new French oak barrels for early integration of fruit and oak character to enhance the dense, rich texture. The balance was fermented in stainless steel and wood tanks. Following extended skin contact and in-barrel malolactic fermentation, the wine was pressed and returned to barrels for aging. A small amount of Petit Verdot was blended to enhance the wine’s aroma and flavor spectrum. Our Georges de Latour Private Reserve has been widely recognized as the benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford since its inaugural vintage in 1936.
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