Notes of blackberry coulis, brandied cherries, potpourri, Asian spice and brioche lead to a rich, densely stacked palate with flavors that echo the nose. The finish is big, but avoids the heaviness and structure that some 2013's show.
The hugely-heralded 2013 vintage in Napa Valley is famous for good reason: its balance of ripe fruit and structure is second to no vintage that anyone can remember. Our flagship Cabernet: Artefact, shows this balance and reflects its vineyards with a sense of place. It is composed of 94% Kenefick Ranch and 6% Corona Vineyard. The very special Kenefick parcel is located off Pickett Road close to the hills across the street from its famous neighbor, and consists of clones 7, 191, and 341. The Corona Vineyard is in Oakville’s western hills utilizing clone 337. The combination of these two sites has been the winning formula for Artefact since 2011. Kenefick provides complex layers of soft, lush, deep fruit with a freshness that is unexpected; while the Corona, planted in pure shale, supplies dense mountain structure and minerality with dark, intense fruit. 19 barrels produced.
21 months in 100% new French oak.