91% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Merlot
100% new French Oak (Taransaud & Orion)
Cases produced 600 – Drink 2018 – 2033
The 2013 Upchurch Vineyard Cabernet boasts dark fruits, classic cassis and a whole pantry of spices, including sweet basil, marjoram, cedar pencil snap and cigar wrapper tobacco. Add floral notes of violet and lavender as well. Flavors are long and savory and are beautifully framed with toasty oak notes. These flavors include cassis, assorted berries, black pepper and notes of ripe tapenade.
Wine Advocate – Jeb Dunnuck 96 points
"Incorporating 9% Merlot, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Upchurch Vineyard is another sensational Cabernet from Chris Upchurch and, certainly, is up with the best of the vintage. Inky colored, it offers ample notes of cassis, graphite, licorice, violets and crushed rock to go with a full-bodied, structured and tannic feel on the palate. While no lightweight, it still comes across as a relatively civilized expression of Red Mountain and I love the quality of the tannin. Short-term cellaring should be the name of the game here, and it will see its 20th birthday in fine form."