Legendary 2013 Vintage - Napa


“It is conceivable that 2013 might one day be regarded as one of the all-time great vintages for Napa Valley.” Antonio Galloni

The 2013 vintage in California was released to tremendous fanfare and acclaim, particularly for the Cabernet Sauvignons. Critics and winemakers unanimously hailed these wines as being among the best they ever tasted or produced. The sentiment was that while the 2012s were also great, they were to be drunk and enjoyed younger, but the 2013s with their serious tannic backbone and concentration, were more profound and would require cellar age. 

“The 2012s are so delicious to drink now and they really are crowd pleasers in every sense of the word. The few 2014s I have tasted from barrel are also knockouts. Yet the 2013 is the vintage of Napa Valley reds that I want to buy my own, cellar and drink. So many exciting bottles of 2013 were made. Buy some.” James Suckling

Vintages like this are what makes owning a wine cellar ultimately so exciting and rewarding. The best wines of 2013 in Napa require time to evolve and mature before opening. If you are looking for something to open today then you want the 2012s, but if you are looking for wines that will continue to improve in your cellar for decades to come, then the 2013s are where you should focus your attention and your dollars. 

At present, we have a staggering list of 2013 Napa available all scoring scoring at least 95 points by critics and almost a dozen that received PERFECT scores from Robert Parker. Our collection represents a comprehensive sample of the greatest wines produced in the greatest California vintage this century. Quantities are modest, so pick some up today!



Abreu Las Posadas 2013

“Abreu is now calling his vineyard on Howell Mountain (a tract of 33 acres with 15 planted) Las Posadas, after the road high on the mountain that seems to be the Fifth Avenue of Howell Mountain vineyard sites. The 2013 Las Posadas Proprietary Red was unreal from barrel, and that extraordinary Midas touch exhibited by Grimes and Abreu has extended to this wine out of bottle, which is a showcase for Howell Mountain and the meticulous viticulture and winemaking of Abreu and Grimes. Inky purple to the rim, with an extraordinary nose of sweet mulberry, intense graphite, scorched earth, smoldering wood charcoal, and massive blackberry and cassis fruit, this intriguing and provocative wine also throws in hints of licorice and black truffle. It is extremely rich, full-bodied, and nearly an out-of-body experience. Look for it to improve in age for 40 to 50 years. I can see consumers opening it circa 2065 to 2075 and saying, 'Wow – what a great vintage this must have been!'"

100 Pts Robert Parker 


BOND Pluribus 2013

“The 2013 Pluribus is the finest wine I’ve tasted from this vineyard to date, capturing the vintage’s extraordinary purity and richness, with a multidimensional mouthfeel and incredible notes of blue and black fruits, charcoal, graphite and white flowers. This profound effort should hit its prime in another 5-10 years and evolve for 30-40 or more."

100 Pts Robert Parker 


Dominus 2013

“The 2013 Dominus is, to my way of thinking, one of the most profound wines Christian Moueix has yet made in his rather brilliant winemaking history, both in France and in Napa Valley. This wine, with very low yields of only 3,500 cases and a final blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, offers up notes of cedar wood, forest floor, loamy soil and oodles of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Very opaque purple in color, super-pure and intense, this wine has low acidity, but ripe, noticeable tannins. This is a 30- to 40-year wine and a profound effort from this famous vineyard in Yountville.

100 Pts Robert Parker 


Realm Dr. Crane 2013 

“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is another perfect wine. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot (400 cases produced) aged in 100% new French oak, this gravelly site produced a wine with notes of wet pebbles, Haut Brion-like scorched earth and volcanic notes, some smoke, dark chocolate, forest floor, and massive amounts of blueberry and blackberry fruit. A wine of great intensity, depth and richness, if somehow Bordeaux's Haut Brion were injected with steroids, it might taste like this monumental effort from Napa. Bravo!

100 Pts Robert Parker

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