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The 2013 vintage was truly unique, producing wines that are exceedingly dark in color, rich in flavor and generously coating. The 2013 State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful bouquet of dark fruits, violet, stone and toast. Generous plum and blueberry fruits, spice, mineral and espresso combine with a texture of mouthfilling complexity. This wine possesses power and depth, with rich tannins that carry the fruit into a lengthy finish; this wine never seems to end.
Bale clay loam from State Ranch
Yountville, Napa Valley
1990 and 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 and 4 on 101-14 rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
State Ranch is planted on well-drained Bale clay loam.
State Ranch is located northeast of the town of Yountville. The 23-acre vineyard is divided into two parcels by State Lane Road and consists of both older and younger vines. Many excellent wines are produced from this area, in part due to the rocky, loam soil which has excellent drainage throughout the year. The vines, as well as the clusters, are moderate in size and the vineyard gets full sun throughout the day. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from 14.5 acres of the vineyard.
October 9 – 12, 2012
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
10 – 12 days
18 months in French oak
Similar to 2012, warm days and cool, foggy nights prevailed, offering the perfect conditions for fruit and tannin maturity. The season began about 10 days ahead of last year with a normal crop load. This vineyard is not overly vigorous, so minor leaf pulling around the clusters was all that was required for adequate exposure. Because Yountville is cooler than our northern appellations, this fruit was allowed to hang on the vine until mid-October for full, ripe expressions of flavor and tannin.