Lexington Wine Co. 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gist Ranch Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains
Item Number: 11010
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Santa Cruz Mountains
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Gist Ranch
Grape(s): 84% Cabernet Sauvignon / 10% Cabernet Franc / 6% Merlot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.1
Total Acidity: 6.3
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 2,100+ feet
Case Production: 400
2013 Vintage Notes: "Warm summer and below-average crop of small, thick-skinned grapes gave powerful, concentrated, firmly structured wines of fabulous quality." - Decanter 2/2017
Vineyard Notes: Gist Ranch is 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The soil is Vaqueros sandstone, which is sedimentary in nature and quartz rich. It is highly porous but remarkably resistant to erosion. Gist Ranch is one of the only/few Cabernet plantings on the Pacific plate in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Cabernet clones in the vineyard include 4, 15 and 337. Farming is organic in nature; winter cover crops, compost and teas are used to encourage micro-flora and fauna. Fogarty refers to this farming methodology as an "intensive living-soil philosophy."
Winemaking Notes: The Lexington Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented with native yeast. Maceration lasted for 21 days. The wine was then aged for 22 months in tight grained French and American oak; 40% new.
92pts (2014 Vintage) Jeb Dunnuck 8/24/2017
"Blended with 8% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon offers terrific notes of cassis, crushed violets, hints of tobacco and graphite, medium to full-bodied richness, polished tannin and a good finish. It's a pretty, elegant, yet nicely textured beauty that excels on its purity and balance. While it’s terrific today, in a youthful sort of way, it should be at its best from 2020-2030."