2013 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard provides the fruit for this big, bold, Cabernet Sauvignon, giving us everything we’d hope for from a Red Mountain Cab. We find red and black fruits on the nose, along with chocolate, tobacco, and a touch of baking spice. These are confirmed on the palate, adding blueberry and cassis, currants, mulled berries, and vanilla, all amongst chewy tannins, and a lengthy finish. Drink now through 2025.
93 Points, Wine Advocate
Starting out and a terrific wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is 100% varietal and was brought up in 47% new French oak. It’s more structured and backwards than the Champoux Cabernet and gives up classy notes of graphite, crème de cassis, licorice, dried earth and flowers. Full-bodied, fresh, concentrated and layered, with present tannin (you can feel the sandy soils in the tannin profile), give bottles 3-4 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following decade or more.