2013 Cloud's Nest Vineyard, Petit Verdot
October 10, 2013
High above the Napa Valley floor in the Mayacamas Mountains, our Cloud’s Nest Vineyard embodies the greatness of the Mt. Veeder appellation. This high altitude vineyard is incredibly steep with gravelly soil, and like all our vineyards, must be patiently farmed by hand. It’s cool, eastern exposure allows for extended hang time, which imbues the grapes with greater complexity and character.
The 2013 growing season began with an early budbreak and mild weather in the spring made for a heavy berry set. We had beautiful consistent warm days throughout the growing season coupled with cool nights and foggy mornings, ensuring good slow ripeness. The phenolic maturity was in unison with sugar ripening. The warm fall with very little rain made for a harvest without incident. The resulting wines have beautiful balance and depth.
“This wine reminds me of walking through a redwood forest and it displays the essence of Mt. Veeder in the glass. Beautifully black-purple in color, this wine conveys its earthy terroir with aromas of crushed granite, graphite, spicy oak and ginger. Dark-berry compote and notes of dark currant lead to more savory flavors of cedar, cigar box, cocoa and aged balsamic culminated with a powerful finish that lingers. Old world in style, this one is certainly age-worthy.” — Mario Monticelli