Pulido Walker Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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|Region||California, Napa Valley, St Helena|
Earlier vintages of the Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrate generous valley floor qualities like caramelized sugar and maple syrup, resulting from a mix of red and black fruit. One striking difference is that the 2013 vintage is bigger and more structured, owing to the preponderance of black fruit. This is still very much a fruit-driven wine, but the impact of pure, dark fruit from small, thick-skinned berries is considerable. This wine is the finest expression of the site thus far. We believe it's preferable for young Cabernet Sauvignon to show some tannin, and valley floor wines deliver that in 2013-another hallmark of a best-ever vintage. The Panek Vineyard Cabernet exhibits a bit of grip in the finish that hasn't been apparent before. Though we certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from enjoying it young, the 2013 definitely has a longer cellaring window than its predecessors. While savoring your 2012 wine from the Panek Vineyard, your 2013 will only benefit from a year in the cellar to smooth out its back-end tannins.
The real superstar is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard, which has an opaque purple color, a scent of pen ink, notes of blackberry, blueberry and cassis along with some subtle background vanillin and baking spices, a wonderful floral note, and an opulent, full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel. The finish goes on for a good 45+ seconds. This is a stunner to drink now as well as over the next 20-25 years.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard Is broad, powerful and explosive. Dark red cherry, plum and mocha are all propelled by a spine of tannins that is a bit unusual for Panek, there the wines are often much more overt. There is plenty of richness and volume in the glass, but the tannins need time to integrate a bit more fully.