Another of the artisan collection series, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District is another wine of great purity and expression. The wine has loads of intense blueberry and blackberry fruit, while licorice, graphite, spice box and pen ink are all present in this complex multi-dimensional wine. It is full-bodied, pure, rich and a tour de force in this great vintage. Drink it over the next 25-30 years. (RP)
Offers tiers of zesty wild berry and blackberry flavors, shaded by spicy oak, anise, black licorice and currant notes. The ending is plush and layered, maintaining focus and gaining persistence. Drink now through 2029. (JL)
*Two Stars* This is potent and powerful stuff to be sure, and it is very much driven by obvious ripeness, yet, even if bordering on being a bit of a blunderbuss, it succeeds by dint of its riveting richness and exceptional depth. Those looking for nuance and grace will balk at its two-fisted style, and elegance is clearly not its forte, but it will not disappoint fans of muscular, big-bodied Cabernets that make no apologies for extravagance.
Firm beams of underlying tannin give the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain much of its energy, drive and precision. Savory and mineral notes are all pushed forward, while fruit is more in the background relative to the other wines in the range, although as a group, the Hall Cabernets are always intensely fruit-driven. Graphite, smoke and earthy notes inform the virile, imposing finish. (AG)
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