2013 RAFAEL et FILS “ESTATE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
Sometimes the best wines are a direct result of who’s behind them. Marc Rafael defines that statement in his 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Infectiously passionate, spirited and an all-around nice guy, Marc is of German descent but was born in New York, then raised in France. In the 1970s Marc’s family purchased 50 acres located in Napa Valley’s prized Oak Knoll district, shadowing the Mayacamas Mountain range, and perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. With a micro-climate cooler than the neighboring Yountville AVA, Marc is producing one of the best representations of Bordeaux style Napa Valley Cabernet that I’ve ever tasted in this price range.
Immediately catching our attention with a captivating bouquet of crushed black fruits, dark chocolate, cassis and hints of cigar box, this elegant and impressively long Cabernet Sauvignon spends 23 months in oak and is completely irresistible now, yet should age effortlessly for 2 decades. This wine underlines one of the greatest benefits to receiving my emails. Here in the heart of Wine Country, we regularly meet people that are under-the-radar and who are producing wines at a seriously high level. This is one of them…
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2013 RAFAEL et FILS "ESTATE" CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
Winery Notes: "The wine is an inky ruby purple in color. Classic aromas of blackberry, cedar, black currant and licorice are initially expressed. With time in the glass, complex notes of blueberry, dark chocolate, plum, black tea and cherry are also revealed. The wine has a rich, elegant structure that allows it to be enjoyed on its own or with food. The experience is capped off by rich, smooth long finish. Additional layers of complexity and richness will be revealed over multiple days. The wine will age gracefully for 15-20 years."
|Dimensions||11.5 × 3 × 3 in|
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