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2013 Aftermath Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Aftermath Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, California

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Phinney + Matthiason + Truchard= Trifecta!

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Rarely does the word “aftermath” connote something positive. Mostly you hear it said regarding the day after a massive tornado touches down or the end result of a disastrous economic policy or a war.

An odd choice for a wine label, our Team agreed, but what a wine it is!  The oddball who chose the fruit made the Cab and decided on the name is Dave Phinney, founder of Orin Swift. Like his awesome and seriously powerful “The Prisoner” red, this Cabernet packs a punch in terms of rich cassis and blackberry fruit, pipe tobacco and sweet cedar aromatics and a touch of earthy black olive on the long, teeth staining finish. Assuredly New World in style, this thick and supple Cabernet is best suited to equally bold foods like short ribs doused with spice and black pepper.

Four reasons we love it:

  • Winemaker David Phinney hit the big time with his “The Prisoner” red and unknowingly launched what has become one of the trendiest categories in the business—unusual blends made with as many as a dozen grape varieties.
  • Kaplan Vineyard is located on the famed Silverado Bench, just neighboring the Oak Knoll AVA. Small by Napa standards, the 15-acre plot is planted to 8 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest to Petit Verdot.
  • Aftermath’s lead viticulturalist is Steve Matthiason, one of California’s pioneers in sustainable and organic grape farming.
  • The vineyard manager behind this boutique label is John Truchard, a fourth generation grape grower in the U.S. and the son of Truchard Vineyard's proprietors Tony and Jo Ann.

The 2013 Aftermath Cabernet Sauvignon offers savory aromas of herbs de Provence and thyme intermingled with fresh dark fruits of blackberry and cassis. The wine is ripe and open, with hints of oak and cedar carrying through to layers of dark fruit and a touch of black olive on the rich, layered palate. Full-bodied , with supple tannins, it deftly balances fruit and structure to express the property's rocky hillside terroir.

The vineyard is located in the Silverado Bench at an elevation of roughly 200 feet above the valley floor, immediately South and East of the Oak Knoll AVA. It consists of just over fifteen acres, with eight acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and a third of an acre of Petit Verdot. Its location means it is subject to the temperature moderating influence of the San Pablo Bay, resulting in a long growing season with good balance between fruit and acid.

This cab is made for steak, lamb, duck, or just about anything off the grill.

Ultimate pairing: Seared Prime Ribeye with rosemary/thyme butter with a bacon and cheese smothered giant baked potato and some grilled brocolli rab or asparagus! Feel free to substitute some homemade country ass Mac and Cheese for the potato. 

Wine Ratings

95 Insider Review


Wine Reviews

Single Vineyard, micro production Side project from some Napa Valley bosses=YES PLEASE!

Very aromatic with fresh dark fruits of blackberry and cedar with lots of layers. Lushberries and cedar on the nose with a smooth round soft mouthfeel This is a very seductive wine, I could leave my nose in the glass and get lost in the lush aromas. The Aftermath is a medium bodied wine with soft supple tanni.  Go For It Dave Phinney Fans!  - ALD 5/17

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