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2013 La Sophia

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Winemaker's Notes

We celebrate the fact that we make wine in a region where vintage variations play an important role. Atypical growing seasons are a nightmare for commercial wineries interested in making consistent but boring wines. For us, however, it defines our interest in wine. We look forward to seeing what Mother Nature gives us to work with each year. It is the effects of each vintage on the finished wine that urges us to start verticals of our favorite wines then follow their evolution and discuss their merits at tastings with friends.

La Sophia is akin to the great examples of Cabernet Sauvignon from the coastal areas of Tuscany: Maremma and Bolgheri. Similarly, La Sophia draws comparison to great Cabernets from Washington State rather than the plusher and fatter examples from Napa Valley.

2013 La Sophia is a force to be reckoned with. It presents an opulent nose of black currant and cassis mingling with cigar box, forest floor, cedar, grilled anaheim peppers and sweet spicy tobacco (captain black’s gold). On the palate there is great weight, firm but plush tannins with balanced natural acidity. Decant for an extended time if drinking now, or keep your hands off and let this jewel of a Cabernet slumber in the cellar for at least a few years.

Please note prices do not include applicable taxes or bottle deposit (PST 10% and GST 5%)


The tannins are firmer and the acidity is higher than our Merlots. As a result the wine benefits from pairing with fattier cuts of meat and dishes that are higher in acidity. Herb crusted rack of lamb is a winning pairing


Region:Black Sage Bench, North Oliver
Soil Type:

Glacio Fluvial: Silt and Gravel mix, Alluvial deposit and Sand

Age of Vines:27 years
Yield:2.8 tons per acre
Production:75 cases
Aging:33% New French Oak, 67% in 2nd and 3rd fill

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