The structured profound power and density of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is impressive. Like these others it was aged a full 24 months in 90% new French oak prior to being bottled. This is a big wine at 15.5% natural alcohol, but there is not a sense of overripeness or heat to it. Opaque purple with notes of licorice, incense, graphite, blackberry and blueberry, the wine hits the palate with a thunderous roar of fruit, glycerin and density. The tannins kick in in the back, as this is 2013 and the wine has serious structure and density, but also the fruit extract to hold up to that. Forget it for another 3-4 years and drink it over the following three decades.
Truly a family project in the eyes of Marc Mondavi, third generation member of Napa winemaking royalty, Aloft focuses on connecting wine with nature, and the honest to goodness high quality of Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard site is located 1,660 feet above the valley within the Howell Mountain AVA, which is known quite famously for the extremely age-able wines that hail from there. With southwestern slopes, the grapes are exposed to the morning sun, but are still protected from extreme heat that occurs during the afternoon, allowing the wines to keep their sugar levels naturally under control. The Mondavi legacy reigns on with Aloft wines.
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