2013 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

I hate to admit it but way too many years have passed since I’ve tasted the Sequoia Grove wines. This winery’s history started in 1979 when Sequoia Grove was founded by Jim Allen.

The winery is operated by the Kopf family, with Molly Hill as the winemaker. She came aboard as Assistant Winemaker in 2003 and was promoted to Winemaker in 2008.  In the past, the style of wine produced at Sequoia Grove used to be a bit more structured than this wine; an indication they have acquiesced to the reality not many consumers will properly age a well-made Cabernet Sauvignon on their own.

This wine drinks well now and will be a welcome addition to anyone’s dinner table for another seven years according to the winery. There is an undeniable richness and sophistication to the wine’s black fruit, fresh cut cedar and crushed rock aromas. Spicy herb and vanilla flavors gained from the well managed oak regimen mingle with the dark fruit as the wine cascades across the palate finishing in a generously smooth procession.

Rating: Excellent (90) | $38 | 14.2 % ABV

Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon