Ovid, Napa Valley, Experiment No. R8.3 2013

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in three bottle Original Wooden Cases

Ovid's "Experiment" bottling always changes, as the team at Ovid (you guessed it) experiments with different wines and is inspired by the characteristics of new yield.

93 points CellarTracker

Nose of dark fruit. Tasted chocolate, dark cherries and some spice on the palate. Great silky structure. The Cab Franc seems very noticeable. 11/29/2022

93 points CellarTracker

Final bottle of the night. Quick flash decant and in hindsight wish it had time for more air. That said, met all expectations of a well structured Napa cab. Great on its own, no need for food. Drinking at its peak now but no need to hurry. Wish I had more! 7/23/2021

Producer tasting notes:

At Ovid, one of our original forms of experimentation was the way that we planted our vineyards in 2000. We used four different rootstocks and several grape varietals on each in order to explore how they perform on our little piece of Pritchard Hill in different growing and harvest conditions.

The 2013 Experiment R8.3 wine is made from grapes grown predominantly on 3309 rootstock. 3309 is an established rootstock well regarded for its low to moderate vigor and production of smaller berries with more intense fruit flavors. Our 3309 blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are always the first to ripen—an attribute we appreciate here in Napa Valley where grapes are harvested right up to the first big rains.

The 2013 Experiment R8.3 wine is a blend of roughly two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Cabernet Franc, with a splash of Petit Verdot to provide color and bass notes. It is fresh, intense and focused, with notes of red cherries, boysenberry, cocoa, and sandalwood—a wine that speaks with true gusto.

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