Private Stock is a name that dates back to the Vine Cliff winery of the 1800's where over 30,000 cases of wine were produced from the property and about 200 cases were reserved and called Vine Cliff Private Stock!
The 2013 growing season began with low winter rainfall. The season continued dry and temperatures were warmer than normal resulting in early bud break and bloom. Drier soils in the spring helped slow grape canopy growth which resulted in lower cluster weight and smaller berry size which bodes well for wine quality. Every year we select our most exceptional lots from these low yield, high quality blocks to make the very limited Private Stock blend. Our 2013 Private Stock Cabernet final blend is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The aroma is a complex mix of cassis, blackberry, berry, plum, and earth. Aging in the finest French Bordeaux barrels produces a bouquet of cedar, anise, vanilla, and a hint of nutmeg and clove. Rich and luscious on the palate with balanced acidity and berry and cherry flavors that linger with supple tannin on the long smooth finish.