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Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

VINTAGE: Mother Nature defines each vintage for a fine wine, and the 2013 vintage is no exception. In the winter of 2013, we saw above average temperatures and little rainfall in the Napa Valley. The warm, dry weather was persistent, and the results were significant. We saw early budbreak, smaller grapevine canopies, and less fruit than normal. Also, the grapes were smaller and had much thicker skins than we typically see. These grapes were packed with flavor, and the color, intensity, and concentration was out of this world. Needless to say, these grapes resulted in spectacular wines that are rich, bold, and highly structured. FERMENTATION & AGING: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 2-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 94 degrees. The high concentration of tannin, color, and flavor in our estate grapes resulted in wines that reached desired extraction in a very short time, and the wines were drained off the skins after a total maceration of only 7 – 12 days. The wine was then racked to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation and to age. This wine was aged in 80% new French Oak barrels. The coopers used were primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. These barrels are a blend of M+ and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. This blend of coopers, forests, and toasts lends the wine more layers and aromatic complexity. WINE MAKER IMPRESSIONS: The warm, dry weather that we experienced in 2013 gave us small, thick-skinned grapes packed with color, flavor, and tannin. This character really translated through to the wines. The 2013 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of raspberry, blueberry, and black cherry with subtle notes of sage, iron filings, wet granite, baker’s chocolate, and vanilla. The palate is rich and opulent with fresh fruit flavors of blackberry and raspberry, layered with chocolate and warming spice. The density and structure are beautifully balanced by a natural acidity that helps to draw out the finish. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot ** Only 1 in Stock **

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All fourteen of the PlumpJack business enterprises thrive on the unique philosophy of the company's "core ideology," designed to initiate the roguish spirit of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff (Henry IV), dubbed Plump Jack by Queen Elizabeth-hence the company name. Closer to home, San Francisco composer and philanthropist, Gordon Getty, wrote an opera he called "Plump Jack." The fun-loving and i... Read more
All fourteen of the PlumpJack business enterprises thrive on the unique philosophy of the company's "core ideology," designed to initiate the roguish spirit of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff (Henry IV), dubbed Plump Jack by Queen Elizabeth-hence the company name. Closer to home, San Francisco composer and philanthropist, Gordon Getty, wrote an opera he called "Plump Jack." The fun-loving and irreverent spirit of PlumpJack clearly excited the sensibilities of Gordon's close friend and business associate, Gavin Newsom. Read less

External Reviews for Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/30/2016

VINTAGE: Mother Nature defines each vintage for a fine wine, and the 2013 vintage is no exception. In the winter of 2013, we saw above average temperatures and little rainfall in the Napa Valley. The warm, dry weather was persistent, and the results were significant. We saw early budbreak, smaller grapevine canopies, and less fruit than normal. Also, the grapes were smaller and had much thicker skins than we typically see. These grapes were packed with flavor, and the color, intensity, and concentration was out of this world. Needless to say, these grapes resulted in spectacular wines that are rich, bold, and highly structured. FERMENTATION & AGING: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 2-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 94 degrees. The high concentration of tannin, color, and flavor in our estate grapes resulted in wines that reached desired extraction in a very short time, and the wines were drained off the skins after a total maceration of only 7 – 12 days. The wine was then racked to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation and to age. This wine was aged in 80% new French Oak barrels. The coopers used were primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. These barrels are a blend of M+ and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. This blend of coopers, forests, and toasts lends the wine more layers and aromatic complexity. WINE MAKER IMPRESSIONS: The warm, dry weather that we experienced in 2013 gave us small, thick-skinned grapes packed with color, flavor, and tannin. This character really translated through to the wines. The 2013 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of raspberry, blueberry, and black cherry with subtle notes of sage, iron filings, wet granite, baker’s chocolate, and vanilla. The palate is rich and opulent with fresh fruit flavors of blackberry and raspberry, layered with chocolate and warming spice. The density and structure are beautifully balanced by a natural acidity that helps to draw out the finish. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/15/2016

VINTAGE: Mother Nature defines each vintage for a fine wine, and the 2013 vintage is no exception. In the winter of 2013, we saw above average temperatures and little rainfall in the Napa Valley. The warm, dry weather was persistent, and the results were significant. We saw early budbreak, smaller grapevine canopies, and less fruit than normal. Also, the grapes were smaller and had much thicker skins than we typically see. These grapes were packed with flavor, and the color, intensity, and concentration was out of this world. Needless to say, these grapes resulted in spectacular wines that are rich, bold, and highly structured. FERMENTATION & AGING: The Estate grapes were cold soaked for a period of 2-4 days and then fermented up to a maximum temperature of 94 degrees. The high concentration of tannin, color, and flavor in our estate grapes resulted in wines that reached desired extraction in a very short time, and the wines were drained off the skins after a total maceration of only 7 – 12 days. The wine was then racked to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation and to age. This wine was aged in 80% new French Oak barrels. The coopers used were primarily Sylvain, Taransaud, Nadalie, and Seguin Moreau. These barrels are a blend of M+ and heavy toast barrels from a variety of forests. This blend of coopers, forests, and toasts lends the wine more layers and aromatic complexity. WINE MAKER IMPRESSIONS: The warm, dry weather that we experienced in 2013 gave us small, thick-skinned grapes packed with color, flavor, and tannin. This character really translated through to the wines. The 2013 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of raspberry, blueberry, and black cherry with subtle notes of sage, iron filings, wet granite, baker’s chocolate, and vanilla. The palate is rich and opulent with fresh fruit flavors of blackberry and raspberry, layered with chocolate and warming spice. The density and structure are beautifully balanced by a natural acidity that helps to draw out the finish. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot ** Only 3 in Stock **




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