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Sojourn Proprietary Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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14.8% ABV
  • RP91
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Winemaker Notes

The Sojourn Cellars Proprietary Cuveee is our optimal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from renowned Napa Valley hillside and valley floor vineyards. We produce a Proprietary Cuveee only in vintages when we can create a blend of exceptional quality and aging potential. The 2013 vintage provided idyllic weather conditions in Napa Valley. This wine features two exclusive vineyards: famed Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III in Rutherford and the exclusive hillside Oakville Ranch Vineyard in Oakville. 2013 was their second vintage blending component wines from Oakville Ranch with the valley-floor Vineyard Georges III. The higher acid structure and dark fruit character of Oakville Ranch marries exquisitely with the lush body and red Rutherford dust of Vineyard Georges III. This wine is balanced and impressive, oozing with gorgeous red and dark fruit aromas that lead to flavors of dark cherry, earth and mouth-watering chocolate. This vintage is truly exceptional. Enjoy now or sock it away to enjoy for years to come.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The most expensive wine, and their top cuvée, is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietary Cuvée, a blend of hillside and valley floor vineyards, with the hillside component coming from the Oakville Ranch and the valley floor from the famous Georges III Vineyard in Rutherford. A gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 75% New French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this wine exhibits the classicism of the top Cabernets from Napa Valley's top vineyards. Thick, juicy crème de cassis fruit, blackberries, spice box and floral notes are all present in this full-bodied, opulently textured, pure and impressively endowed wine. It should drink nicely for at least another 15+ years, although it is accessible already.
JS 91
James Suckling
I like the brick, tile and blueberry aromas here. Full body and well-integrated tannins that gives this young wine form and direction. Give it a few years to open. Better in 2019.
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Sojourn, Napa Valley, California
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Based in the town of Sonoma, Sojourn Cellars is a highly acclaimed winery specializing in the production of artisan Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

We source fruit from celebrated vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa Counties, and we help direct farming operations to assure that our grapes are produced using world-class growing techniques. We consistently produce remarkable wines with a hands-off natural winemaking style that showcases the character and personality of the individual vineyards.

Sojourn feels passionate about creating high-quality wines and always being accessible to the people who buy and enjoy our wines. Sojourn offers seated tastings in a casual, yet sophisticated environment and prides itself on always putting the customer first.

Napa Valley

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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