Hayfork Field Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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|Region||California, Napa Valley, St Helena|
Family vineyard at the base of the Mayacamas in St Helena. "Field Select" is Hayfork's 3 barrel (60 case) production "Reserve" Cab. Their darkest, densest fruit comes from this block selection. Aged in all new French oak, 2% Petit Verdot. Smell and taste spicy cherry liqueur, Amaro (without the bitter), black olives, cedar closet, tobacco, curry spice, pomegranate syrup. Very complex, intense and quite spicy for an awesome, high end Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.
Slightly more expensive, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Field Select comes all from the gravelly, loamy soils of the Lewelling Ranch vineyard in St. Helena and spent 20 months in 90% new French oak. Notes of violets, black currants, licorice and hints of chocolate all give way to a rich, full-bodied, exotic Cabernet that has a great mid-palate, perfect balance, and fine, fine tannin. Unfortunately, there’s only 60 cases, but wow, what a wine.
The 2013 Field Select is actually 98% Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, coming from the owner’s favorite block of the Lewelling Ranch. There are only two barrels, or 60 cases, so my notes are intentionally short, but this is a beauty. Inky purple, with plenty of blackberry and blackcurrant, some licorice, incense, subtle smoky oak, and a long, full-bodied, opulent finish, it should be drunk over the next 15+ years.