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2013 Lewis Cellars Cabernet Napa Valley (750ml - Full Bottle)

#1 - WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 - 2016
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WS 95
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Vintage 2013
Varietal Cabernet
Bottle Size 750
Style Red
Region California
Subregion Napa Valley
Bottle Condition Perfect

#1 - WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 - 2016
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Reviews

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Wine Spectator
This bold style first appealed to Randy when he started drinking wine while living in Europe in the 1970s, where he raced Formula Three cars. His interest in wine led his palate first to Bordeaux, then to fuller-bodied reds from the Rhône Valley, such as those by E. Guigal. Once in Napa, Lewis realized that to achieve the kind of power and finesse he desired, he needed very ripe grapes. Helen Turley, owner of Marcassin and the architect of Napa Cabernet powerhouses such as Bryant Family and Colgin, shared a piece of advice that stuck with him: Be patient and let the grapes hang until the desired peak, when flavor and tannin texture reach a sweet spot. All of the fruit for the Lewis wines is purchased. Of the five Cabernets in the lineup, Hillstone, from a hillside site in Rutherford, is the only single-site bottling. Cuvee L, Reserve, Mason’s and the Napa Valley bottling—our Wine of the Year—routinely share a handful of sites; in most years, lots from any given vineyards could end up in any given wine. Hillstone and the blends are all aged in 100 percent new French oak. The best barrels go into the Reserve and Cuvee L bottlings. That one of Lewis’ most affordable Cabernets emerged a star speaks to the overall success of the winemaking decisions.
 
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Randy Lewis once drove race cars for a living. But when the five-time starter for the Indianapolis 500 crashed into the wall during trials for the famed race in 1991, he and his wife, Debbie, his racing-team partner, decided they’d had their fill of dangerous thrills. Randy decided to become a winemaker in Napa Valley, learning on the job working for friend and vintner Bob Miner at Oakville Ranch while Debbie studied the business. Miner’s death in 1994 forced the couple to seek a new path, but they have navigated it well, producing a bounty of exceptional wines over more than two decades.
 
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Highly Recommended: Remarkably elegant and refined for a wine of this size and depth, with tiers of plum, blackberry and currant flavors, as well as subtle touches of black licorice that remain pure and graceful on the long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2028.
 

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Sub-Region :
Napa Valley
America’s equivalent of Bordeaux, Napa Valley is the most famous winegrowing region in the United States. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay reign supreme in Napa Valley, but many of varietals are also grown successfully. Wines made from Napa Valley grapes vary greatly depending on the specific AVA or sub region where they are grown. Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain, Stag’s Leap, Oakville and Rutherford are a few acclaimed sub regions with their own distinct climactic and soil conditions. It is also the home of California “cult wines” like Screaming Eagle, Harlan Estate and Grace Family Vineyard. View all our items from Napa Valley
Region :
California
Since the famous Judgement of Paris in 1976 California wines have unquestionably ranked among the best in the world. From the Anderson Valley in the North through Temecula Valley in the South, California vineyards grow dozens of wine grape varietals that produce wines of many different styles. The California wine industry has steadily gained ground since the 1960s (the industry took a major hit following Prohibition), but its roots date back over 200 years. Major grape varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. View all our items from California