In a rare moment of clarity, I broke away from my usual buying program (a system I wrote about recently in my blog titled “I’ll Take Two” www.HiItsDon4Wine.com/dons-blog/2019/4/24/ill-take-two) and decided that it was worth spending more to obtain more than one bottle of what was a fantastic deal on wine.
While perusing the shelves at a local wine shop, I came across a “Sale” sticker that gave me pause. The first thing that caught my eye was that the price was a full “50% OFF.” Not a small amount! As the wines are arranged by price, I also knew that the regular price was going to be MUCH HIGHER! It was, in the range of $150, making the sale price $75. So far this looks like something I should scrutinize. Further investigation led me to discover this was a 2013 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. I love 2013 Napa Cabs! More searching uncovered reviews from Robert M. Parker, Jr of Wine Advocate and Antonio Galloni from Vinous Media of 95 and 94 Points, respectfully. Respectfully, that’s outright astonishing! The wine?
Harris Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon “Julie's Creekside Vineyard” 2013
Combining the multi-purchase with my trusty Coravin, I knew I could extend my admiration for this wine quite extensively. Admiration is a misnomer. Once tasted, I knew I had made the right decision for this Outstanding wine.
This is a big wine! Extracted fruit with layers of flavor. Dark and rich with that rustic and earthy edge. 100% Cabernet from the Calistoga AVA, using fruit from their 2.5-acre vineyard of “Julie’s Creekside” (formerly Jake’s Creek) in Napa Valley and aging 20 months in 85% New French Oak made by none other than winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and producing a scant 160 cases! Side note; in 2014 the winery was sold and renamed Heritage School Vineyards, but Thomas Rivers Brown continues as the winemaker.
While I was totally enamored with the wine, best to prepare to decant easily for a couple of hours or lay that puppy down for at least another 5 to 10 years.