D.R. Stephens Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
A tremendously well-made and intriguing 100% varietal wine, this opens in seasonings of black pepper over popcorn, before red currant, herb, cedar and pencil lead provide the stuffing for an old-world nose. On the palate, it's all about the New World, a hit of power and concentration that takes on weight and length without ever becoming heavy, the acidity firmly in sync with the fruit.
Wine SpectatorShows lots of seductive appeal, from the mocha and toasty oak introduction to the dense yet supple core of dark berry. The prominent fruit enhances the oak, while the firm tannins are caressing. An easy-drinking and pleasant young Cabernet. Drink now through 2025. 318 cases made. -JL