From front to back, this wine oozes bold richness and sophistication. Dense, yet packing vitality that only Grandpère can. It’s long on the palate in every sense. Chewy red fruit with mind blowing soft tannins push through from the first sip to long after the lengthy finish. Our Grandpère block consistently produces intensely gripping wines with extraordinary elegance. This is a most memorable wine. Drink now through 2030.
Overall the 2013 vintage was a grand slam and the best I’ve seen in 15 years. Temperatures were never too extreme and here in Amador County, we rarely saw days over 100F. As is typical, we continued to experience the dramatic diurnal temperature swings in the evenings, where nighttime lows dipped into the upper 40F’s providing the perfect conditions for optimal acid development. Grapes ripened evenly and the colors, tannins, and overall flavor matrix across all varieties was stunning. Veraison occurred a few weeks early, which allowed the grapes an exceptional amount of hang time enabling them to develop excellence in every facet. The resulting wines from this vintage are deep and concentrated, and I am confident they will be enjoyed for years to come.
~ Joe Shebl, Winemaker