Remarkably complex and expressive, the 2013 Oroppas opens with ripe dark blue and black fruit accented by appealing notes of mocha, cedar, and vanilla. The palate is large-scaled and generously showcases a concentrated, sturdy structure with flavors of plum, dark cherry, and mocha. While approachable now, this wine will age gracefully for 10 or more years. The first vintage of Oroppas was made in 1991, and over the years the rich, opulent Bordeaux-style blend has become a style icon for St. Clement. Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Rutherford, Diamond Mountain, Oakville and St. Helena contributed the vast majority of the 2013 Oroppas blend, along with hillside fruit from Mount Veeder, creating a unique and sophisticated expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Using fruit from this varied group of vineyards is one of the signatures of Oroppas. Each varietal and vineyard lot was aged separately for nineteen months until the final wine was blended just before bottling, including a small percentage of Cabernet Franc, contributing perfume and bright fruit notes.
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