2013 Kuleto Danielli Red, Napa Valley
Like vintage 2012, vintage 2013 it was perfect by nearly all grape-growing standards in that yields were slightly above average, the weather was evenly warm, and fruit moved toward ideal ripeness without the fits and starts of the preceding two vintages. This produced wines with tremendous fruit flavors and textural depth. If you’re wondering if we in the Napa Valley ever tire of ‘perfect’ vintages, the answer is not at all. Our ‘Danielli’ bottling has evolved from being labeled as ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’ to ‘Red Wine’ in order to grant us maximum flexibility in blending the best wine each vintage without having to worry about the 75% varietal minimum. Blending at Kuleto takes place at all stages of the process – at harvest with co-fermentation of different varieties, at racking to build strength and complexity into various pieces of a potential blend, and finally with barrel selection as we approach bottling. The goal for our ‘Danielli’ is to make the most flavorful and supple wine possible. The 2013 Danielli is a very deep red color. The aroma is a heady mix of ultra ripe black plums, black currants, black and red licorice and bay leaves. The palate is full and firm for a mouthcoating finish. It has a sweetness that makes it immediately appealing, yet the overall structure will allow it to age for years... That is, if you are able to stay away from it for that long!
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4%Syrah, 1% Malbec
30 months in 50% new French oak
Kuleto is one of the most complex and diverse wine producing properties in the world. Located in the volcanic mountains of eastern Napa, our estate features 761 total acres and 82.9 acres of vines perched along ridges and clinging to steep hillsides. Our soils, exposures, elevation changes and sub-climates are so complex that we’ve delineated our property into more than 100 micro-blocks. Each of these tiny plots is treated as an individual vineyard with varieties, clones, rootstocks, density, trellising and farming methods tailored specifically to the site. For winemaker John Clews, there is a mutual understanding that all but a small percentage of the winemaker’s work is done in the vineyard. Keeping the vineyard’s serpentine twists and exposures in mind, the best-suited varietals for each block have been selected. Working with the land, not against it, the individually terraced lots are not oriented to one central direction, but instead are planted to maximize the benefits of their natural location.