Writing this newsletter each year is a reflection on time. As Nancy mentioned in the 2005 vintage newsletter, we always feel like we have one foot in the future and one in the past. So as we sit down to write this newsletter on a very rainy January morning in 2016 we transport ourselves back to 2013. We remember that much like 2012, 2013 was a great growing season. However, there were some differences such as more pronounced warm, drought conditions which led to one of the earliest harvests we’ve experienced to date. But those same conditions produced small berries with incredible levels of concentration. As our winemaker, Thomas Brown said of the 2013 vintage “a near perfect season has produced the best set of Cabernets we have ever produced for Rivers-Marie (Thomas’s own label) and all of our clients”. The 2013 is very representative of our Diamond Mountain vineyard; it is intense and nuanced with a long and luxurious finish.
And as we begin the New Year, we are honored to have recently received a 95 point rating for the 2013 GTS from Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate (WA, #222). “A beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon from the great New York Mets Hall of Fame pitcher, Tom Seaver. He was smart to use Jim Barbour as a vineyard manager and Thomas Rivers Brown as a winemaker. Coming from a parcel on Diamond Mountain, the wine is dense purple, shows beautiful crème de cassis fruit, blackberries, a touch of earth, full-bodied richness, beautiful and sweet integrated tannins, as well as oak. This is a beauty and comes in at about 14.5% natural alcohol. Kudos. Here’s a celebrity wine that definitely matches the brilliance of the celebrity himself. Drink it over the next 20 years.”
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we are so grateful for our winemaker and vineyard manager and could not be prouder of the fruits of all of our labors.
Thank you for your support and enjoy!
Tom & Nancy Seaver
The completely opaque deep purple hue of the wine carries all the way towards the slim garnet edge. Rich, dark aromatic notes of iron, anise, tobacco and loam hover in the glass. By contrast, the palate experience is decidedly fresh and bright. Notes of brambly compote, cedar, tack room, dark chocolate and flint interact seamlessly front to back. The finely integrated tannins frame the wine with a delicate structured finesse. On the back end, the prolonged finish lasts almost a full minute, enough time to really appreciate the balance of dark intensity and bright vibrancy this wine possesses, highlighting both sides of what this unique growing environment can produce in an outstanding vintage like 2013.
Thomas Rivers Brown