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Nellcote 2013 "Rallye 76" Cabernet Sauvignon

Red currant, wild berry, baked plum, and roast coffee dance on the nose, with herbal scents of sage, bay, sarsaparilla and sweet tobacco, all delicately etched against a backdrop of oak and cedar.

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The Vintage:

2013 was one of the best growing seasons in recent memory. A mild, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor, and created ideal conditions for flowering and a large fruit set under sunny skies. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/ early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal development, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started to ripen. Some early thinning was required to decrease crop size, as the grapes ripened slowly and evenly. There were two brief mid-September rains but they had virtually no impact on the grapes, and clear, breezy weather followed.

October’s cooler, sunny weather allowed some grapes—including ours—to linger, building phenolic concentration and ripeness while sugar levels remained steady. We wereultimately able to pick at perfect ripeness, with excellent flavor development and just the right balance of crisp acidity and firm structure.

The Wine:

Rallye 76 refers to the love Nellcôte founder and vintner Tyler Olbres has for automobiles and car races. Tyler has himself driven in the Monaco Rallye for classic cars, and this French name speaks to his passion for the sport. Rallye 76 is Cabernet in a softer, suppler style, blended with Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec.

Red currant, wild berry, baked plum, and roast coffee dance on the nose, with herbal scents of sage, bay, sarsaparilla and sweet tobacco, all delicately etched against a backdrop of oak and cedar.

The flavors are rich and concentrated: currants, crème de cassis, and dark cherry fruit please alongside notes of cocoa powder and dark chocolate, clove and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is round and plush, with smooth tannins, a delicate grip and a long, finish that lasts and lasts. The wine is quite elegant and Bordeaux-like, with herbs, graphite and cedar balancing the powerful fruit and spice. It is complex but harmonious, showing well now, and built to age for years to come

 

Wine Profile

Vintage 2013
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Napa Valley
Size 750 ml