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2013 Prime Solum Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Prime Solum Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley *94pts -James Suckling


 
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This wine is a major achievement from the vintage; showing power without sacrificing elegance. It drinks nicely now, with potential to be enjoyable over a long period of time before it reaches its apex in 20 years.

Facts:

“2013 was a magical vintage for Napa Valley reds,” writes James Suckling. The Wine Enthusiast scored the 2013 vintage a whopping 95 points or “Superb.”

Along with his vast experience in grape growing an enology throughout the West Coast, vintner Bill Hill is also the owner of William Hill Winery at the foot of Atlas Peak.

This 2013 Cabernet was sourced from Prime Solum’s two estate vineyards—Brokenrock—on the shoulder of Atlas Peak--and Circle R Vineyard, on Atlas Peak’s very…well…peak!

Atlas Peak holds the distinction of being Napa’s highest elevation AVA. Most sites within the appellation sit well above the fog belt, which means near constant sun and intense, powerful fruit that is ripe without missing an ounce of elegance or balance.

Prime Solum’s owner Bill Hill is among California’s most influential and awarded viticulturalists. Wine Spectator listed Hill as one of the “Top 50 wine producers in the world who innovated, perfected and led the international campaign for higher quality wine.” In his illustrious career, Hill has established more than 40 vineyards domestically, from Washington State all the way down to Santa Barbara County, including some of the country’s very best sites. Atlas Peak remains Hill’s favorite terroir. It’s where he resides, and it is the source of this spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon.

“A dense and focused red with a beautiful core of ripe fruit and dark-chocolate undertones. Full and silky. Delicious finish,” wrote James Suckling in his 2016 review of this wine, adding that this one will be “Better in 2018 but hard to wait.” Well, 2018 is here, which means Members can (and ought to) indulge in this collector’s Cab now.

Sourced from Brokenrock Vineyard and Circle R Vineyard.

Bill Hill has developed more great vineyards in the West than any other man. This Cabernet comes from his Brokenrock Vineyard, which is where Bill lives, near Soda Canyon. You’ll taste notes of crushed rock, of course, but also iron, black plum, cherry jam, and coffee hints. Stellar Cabernet in a restrained style: a wine that knows how good it is and doesn’t need to show off.

Bill Hill has a long time appreciation of farming and a connection to the land that has inspired his commitment to growing fine wine. He has been recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the “Top 50 wine producers in the world who innovated, perfected and led the international campaign for higher quality wine”. In his career, he has developed over 40 American “Grand Cru” quality vineyards, stretching from Santa Barbara to Washington State, perhaps the most of any vineyard architect and designer in the U.S.

Read more about the winery here.

enjoy with braised pork shanks, or garlic-rubbed leg of lamb.

Wine Ratings

94 Points - James Suckling

Wine Reviews

"A dense and focused red with a beautiful core of ripe fruit and dark-chocolate undertones. Full and silky. Delicious finish. Better in 2018 but hard to wait".-James Suckling

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