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

Our Georges de LaTour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is the legacy of our founder's passion and vision to create wines of distinction in one of the most renowned AVAs in Napa Valley. Today at BV, we are artisans, craftsmen and stewards of our iconic vineyards and historic winery. We push boundaries of what excellence in quality means by hand picking and sorting grapes and single barrel fermentations. These traditional methods are much  more labor intensive, but the results is the ultimate artistic expression of Cabernet Sauvignon - a tribute to our founder for more than 100 years.

97 Points - James Suckling

“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, JamesSuckling.com, May 2017

95+ Points - Wine Enthusiast

"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, Wine Enthusiast, May 2017

Tasting Notes

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. Integrated caramel and toasted oak spices, from aging in new French oak barrels, heighten the aromas and linger on the finish. To enjoy this wine at its full potential, we recommend at least five years of bottle aging; however if you can’t wait, decant before serving.

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.

Vineyard Notes

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.

Vintage Notes

The 2013 vintage even surpassed the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality. A very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, excellent fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Perfect weather throughout harvest—fostering intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines—crowned the vintage.
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