Wines have an extraordinary capacity to reflect the environment in which they're grown. A point not lost on the current crop of American vintners eager to have their wine express increasingly smaller plots of land.
Against this trend of vineyard-designated wines comesÂ Thirteen a wine made not from a single vineyard but from a baker's dozen, each one more esteemed than the next. What distinguishes these vineyards is that they have been chosen as the best representatives of their respective sub-appellations: Howell Mountain, Rutherford, etc. Napa Valley has 13 of these sub-appellations, or did, when we picked the fruit. (More on this in a moment.) The idea behindÂ Thirteen was to blend one ton of grapes from each of these 13 vineyards to create a wine that is conspicuously connected to
Napa Valley. A wine that is the truest expression of what the Valley has to offer. As far as we know, no one has ever tried to capture Napa in its totality. Our guess is, no one's even thought of it. It is, after all, a daunting task to collect grapes from every soil type, every microclimate, every terroir. But the question remains: is this invention of ours a good idea? We'll leave that for you to discover.
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