The 2013 vintage showcases the five traditional Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. The blend captures the individual characteristics of each varietal and balances an elegant texture with structure and depth. Our classical approach to winemaking focused on handpicking select vineyard lots. With small lot barrel aging for 24 months in predominantly French oak, the wine captures rich dark berry notes that weave together with cocoa accents and toasty oak spices. As anticipated, it is a seamless wine that is robust with lasting flavors.
By knowing the strengths of each vineyard we distinguish which blocks are ideal
for Midnight Reserve. The Cabernet portion of the 2013 vintage is three vineyards, Miller, River Ranch, and Twin Oaks. Our Malbec was harvested at Jahant Woods II, the Petit Verdot is at the doorsteps of our River Ranch homes in the heart of the Lodi Appellation, and both the Merlot and Cabernet Franc came from Miller Vineyard in the Clarksburg Appellation.
We were fortunate with the weather for much of the growing season, having a
relatively dry spring and arid summer that allowed us to have complete control
of irrigation. A week of very warm temperatures in the beginning of July spurred
an early 2013 harvest, but during harvest the weather cooperated with daytime
temperatures in the 80’s to low 90’s and only in the 50’s at night. This was
perfect to develop flavor intensity. In mid-September an unexpected 1/2 inch of
rain worried us about our late ripening varietals, but we managed crop levels
both early in the season and closely after the rains and were rewarded with
excellent color and flavor intensity.
Cheese: Aged Cheddar / Meat: Short Ribs, Grilled Tuna / Sauce: Rich Tomato / Dessert: Dark Chocolate