Buehler Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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John Buehler founded Buehler Vineyards in 1971. Located six miles east of St. Helena and nestled in the mountains above Conn Valley, the estate has about 300 acres of Napa Valley hillside terrain focused on Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, the two grapes considered best for the soil and climate in this part of Napa. The 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot, pro a wine that displays a broad spectrum of aromas, flavors, and textures that Cabernet can show in the Napa Valley tempered by the silky, calming influence of Merlot to the structured core. 

The 2013 vintage will be fondly remembered for its classic proportions and near perfect ripening season that began with ideal flowering and fruit set and then was coaxed to ripeness by a steady stream of moderate sun drenched days and cool foggy nights.  Following a seven-day fermentation, the wine was transferred to barrels before initiating the malolactic fermentation The 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was racked four times in the first year of aging to encourage aromatic and tannin development. It was aged a total of 18 months in a blend of French and American oak barrels.    
The wine is brimming with fruit aromas and flavors biased to the black fruit end of the Cabernet spectrum: plums, blackberry, and black currant. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, this Cabernet drinks well on release but will soften and develop with additional age. For those who seek youthful fresh Cabernet fruit aromas and a more structured wine, drink it from 2015 through 2019. If you prefer the less fruity, more developed bottle bouquet aromas and a softer, more velvety wine on the palate, drink it from 2020-2030. 

Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Buehler Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
  • agv91

Vinous"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth. Black cherry jam, plum, hard candy, wild flowers, cloves and new leather are nicely delineated in the glass. The 2013 is not particularly complex, but it is tasty, and should drink well for another decade or so."

Antonio Galloni
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a more saturated purple color, gorgeous notes of blueberry and blackberry fruit, stunning depth and purity, full-bodied opulence and impressive richness and length. This is another super wine, and a great value from Buehler. Drink now-2030.

Robert Parker, December 2015