Reviews

2013

ROBERT PARKER’S ESTATE OVERVIEW

“Sinegal is the new 30-acre property south of St. Helena owned by the son of Costco’s founder. Their winemaker is the highly respected Tony Biagi, who is assisted by the former chief winemaker for Joseph Phelps, Craig Williams, a longtime veteran of the Napa Valley scene, and viticulturist, Jim Barbour. I tasted four 2013s, which I assume is Sinegal’s first vintage. Older readers may remember this estate as the former Wolf Vineyard. These are all super-impressive wines, so consumers should get on the Sinegal bandwagon before it becomes better known.”


Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is partially barrel-fermented. Displaying everything the Estate bottling does, just inkier and denser with the aromatic and flavor profiles ratcheted up, the final blend was 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It should drink well for 20-25 years.

97 pts. | Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Amazingly deep and penetrating, with a massive core of dense, extracted mineral, blackberry, licorice, cedar and cigar box flavors, ending with a dash of vanilla bean. Best from 2018 through 2030.

94 pts. | James Laube, Wine Spectator


Estate Cabernet Franc

A blend of 80% Cabernet Franc (from 30-year-old vines) and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, the gorgeous, powerful 2013 Cabernet Franc Estate boasts extraordinary aromatics consisting of acacia flowers, black raspberries, mulberries and high elevation mountain fruits and flowers. Sweet toast, graphite and forest floor characteristics are also apparent in this amazing expression of Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied, dense and rich, this offering, along with Luc Morlet’s Cabernet Franc from Oakville’s To Kalon Vineyard, may turn out to be one of the greatest Cabernet Francs ever made in Napa Valley. It should drink well for 20 or more years.

94 pts. | Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Tightly wound and sharply focused on a mix of gravelly earth, with dried currant, dark berry, sage and graphite notes. Shows a touch of cedary oak, ending with savory dried herb accents on the long, clean finish. Should be better in a year or two. Best from 2017 through 2030.

93 pts. | James Laube, Wine Spectator


Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, exhibits a dense purple color as well as a beautiful bouquet of charcoal, blackberries, blueberries, licorice and forest floor. Full-bodied and opulent with a super-pure core of fruit as well as stunning precision, it provides further evidence of the greatness of this vintage. Drink 2018-2035+.

95 pts. | Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has really come together beautifully over the last year. Energetic and explosive in the glass, the 2013 possesses notable richness and distinctiveness throughout. Savory herbs, tobacco, leather and licorice blossom as the wine fills out its ample frame effortlessly. Firm, chalky tannins lend support. Winemaker Tony Biagi has managed to preserve a good deal of freshness for such a big, opulent wine.

94 pts. | Antonio Galloni, Vinous