Havens Winery Napa Valley Meritage 2013
By Havens Winery
2013 Meritage Napa Valley
The Vineyard and Winemaking
The 2013 Meritage Napa Valley is an elegant, fruit-forward wine sourced from some of Napa Valley’s best vineyards. With spectacular Yountville fruit coming from near Dominus Estate, we reaped the color and intensity benefits yielded by the deep roots associated with dry farming. Grapes sourced from the southeastern edge of the Oak Knoll appellation grow in gravelly, well-drained soils, covered by silty loam from the Napa River, and bask in warm afternoon sun while still benefitting from evening fog. Together, these conditions contribute to incredible balance, even among rich, lush fruit flavors – creating a wine that truly represents the best of both worlds. Depending on how the varieties express in a given year, the composition of our Meritage will be different, always shaped to provide consistency of style. Working from a base of Cabernet Sauvignon, we blend other Bordeaux varietals to give roundness, structure, and rich complexity.
Havens Winery was founded in 1984, capitalizing on the richly diversified Napa Valley microclimates, and utilizing traditional methods to produce Merlot, Syrah, and Bourriquot, a Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend modeled after Chateau Cheval Blanc. Smith-Anderson Wine Group, with 30 years' experience producing quality wines, acquired Havens in 2010, introducing Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to the repertoire. The classical label remains the same, as does the exceptional quality of these wines. Vineyards traverse the Napa Valley, from Carneros to Howell Mountain, utilizing exceptional grapes from illustrious vineyards, such as Stagecoach Vineyard. The current Havens focus is creating exquisite red blends possessing elegant characteristics, balanced flavors and smooth, satisfying finishes on the palate. These wines are currently available in the Smith-Anderson Tasting Room, along with other brands and varietals, in downtown Napa.
The grapes were gently crushed and were cold soaked for 48 hours prior to yeast addition to start the fermentation. After fermentation, the wines remained on the skins for 2 weeks, and were then pressed off. Barrel aging took place in French and American Oak barrels over 18 months.
The 2013 growing season was exceptional, the moderate weather throughout the growing season put little pressure on the vines, and provided grapes with well-balanced chemistries. The 2013 harvest continues to make up for the low yielding 2011 crush, with most varieties picking at above average yields. The 2013 harvest is shaping up to be one that will become known for record-breaking abundance of fruit and quality of wines.
The 2013 Meritage Napa Valley brims with a complex blend of zesty aromas including black cherries and charred oak. The flavors develop with layers of currant, rich minerals, dried herbs and blackberry as the wine opens up. This is a well-balanced, full-bodied wine with supple tannins, supported by a rich mouthfeel that lingers long on the palate. This wine pairs beautifully with beef bourguignon, coq au vin, and heavier pastas.
Harvest Date: September 20th-25th, 2013
Acidity: 5.7 g/L
Fermentation: Stainless steel
Barrel Aging: 18 Months in French and American Oak
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Appellation: Napa Valley
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
By Wine Spectator
HAVENS Meritage Napa Valley 2013
Release Price: $45
Issue: Web Only - 2015
Dense and fairly closed, with distinct herbal notes, plus cherry, tobacco and cedar accents. Drink now through 2020. -TF