Vintage - Growing Conditions
The Napa Valley growing season in 2013 was one of immaculate perfection and rarely witnessed. For years to come, 2013 will be viewed as the preeminent benchmark of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for this generation and quite possibly will rival the acclaimed 1974 vintage in quality, style and excellence. To better understand the 2013 growing season, one must look at the previous year. 2012 came to a drenched closure under two months of constant precipitation. The combined rainfall during November and December was 22.21 inches, which replenished the deep soils with essential moisture in preparation of the unforeseen extreme drought of 2013. Following cooler temperatures during the winter, a warmer March with below-average precipitation contributed to an early bud break. Summer also deviated from recent seasonal patterns by lacking periods of extreme heat in excess of 100 degrees F. As the daylight hours began to shorten, warm temperatures remained uninterrupted by any pre-harvest rainfall. This ideal weather offered the vines phenolic conditions for ripening without detriment, which was immediately distinguishable in our 2013 Mathew Bruno Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Established in 1994, the Rutherford AVA in the Napa Valley quickly conﬁrmed why the region is historically viewed as a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon microclimate. Rutherford’s most inﬂuential attribute is the soil proﬁle, which ranges from a complex blending of sand, loam and gravel and is peppered by volcanic deposits originating from alluvial fans rolling off the Vaca mountains. Our Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced on the south eastern quadrant up the elevating landscape directly in the heart of the Napa Valley’s most coveted land for fine Cabernet.
Our 100% 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon represents the culmination of study, observation and collective effort by the Mathew Bruno team. The Rutherford AVA is the backbone of our Cabernet Sauvignon, accentuated by commingling two vastly different yeast strains under cooler fermentation conditions. The wine is pressed and racked into 100% new French and American oak barrels of various toasting proﬁles, which complement the Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics during malolactic fermentation. After 24 months minimum aging in barrels, we select the finest lots for our ﬁnal blend prior to bottling.
The 2013 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding example of fine Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. The stylistic target and subtle adjustments in production are expressed in the most complementary fashion for a complex, structured and luscious tasting experience. The bright aromas will linger on your mind as you savor the occasion. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is an intense wine with complex layers of black cherry, currant, sweet spice and mocha. The mouthfeel is supple, with soft, toasty oak ﬂavors balanced by ﬁrm tannins and structured by bright acidity. Mathew Bruno is distinguished in the Napa Valley as one of the few wineries who produce a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine. Driven by the desire to make fruit-driven, approachable Cabernet Sauvignon true to the varietal’s attributes and superior quality, Mathew Bruno Wines proudly offers a ﬂawless wine exhibiting the essence of what a Cabernet Sauvignon should be. This Cabernet Sauvignon is enjoyable today and will age for many years to come as we all fondly recall the superiority of the vintage 2013.