The year 2013 has produced wines of amazing depth and concentration and is eagerly anticipated as another “noteworthy” vintage. Though we had a later-than-normal bud break, sunny warm weather contributed to healthy flowering and beautiful fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. While the berry numbers per cluster were high, the lack of water in this dry year restrained the plants, making canopy growth less vigorous and keeping the berries small and very concentrated. The growing season brought some small rain events at just the right times, allowing our fruit to ripen beautifully. In September, the estate grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition with tremendous flavors and exceptional overall quality—we knew from the start that it was going to be a phenomenal vintage. Our Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful reflection of this vintage and of our exceptional 40-acre estate vineyard.