Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hall Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Hall Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 
$44.19-$56.99, 92 points, poured broadly black escaping burgundy at the glass shallows, clear wine ring, and heavily draped bowl.
Aromatic with loads of fruit, cinnamon, cedar, violets, and a touch of anise.
Full-bodied (moderately smooth) with good acidity, layered comfortable tannins, and flavors reflective of the aromas plus a hint of plum, and a lively expression of the anise were excellent.
Finished a tad austere, but long, and with good spice inspirited by the potent 14.9% alcohol.
Varietals were 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 3% Syrah.
Paired well with my spiced rack of lamb.
Hall has a well-balanced Cabernet in this 2013 vintage, and though I haven't had a Hall Cabernet for almost four years (Kathryn Hall Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon), the several I've had were always excellent; this one was no different.


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  1. Vinomaker might be visiting Hall with some friends tomorrow (I'll be pruning). I will try to get him to taste this wine and report back.

    1. VG: Very good Cab, but I doubt that its glory of 'great'ness will qualify for comment.
      Sometime I'll have to go back and see if I can glean from your posts on Cabs a correlation between price and your quasi approval of them; I'm guessing that there is one; not that I disparage that, it is a rarified zone that you live in, but I am of the hoi polloi, and struggle to bridge the two, Hall 2013 Cab. is a wine that sits on that bridge.
      I was listening to a celebrity making fun of John Kerry by asking the waiter to bring another bottle of wine to the table and to keep the price under $150;; that sort of says much to us hoi polloi.
      I try not be like those at Shafer!