The 2013 Flanagan Cabernet reflects the balanced nature of the vintage. The nose displays a tempting mélange of violet, warm wet rock (like on a hot day after the rain), and cedar. On the palate, the wine shows red and black currant intermingled with mocha and earth
notes. The tannin structure is elegant with fine-grained, supple, ripe tannins. The texture is perfect. Bravo Eric and [winemaker] Cabell!
Eric Flanagan came to the wine business from a love of wine. His family did not own a winery or a vineyard, and Eric did not grow up on a farm. Through his travels Eric became a terroir-freak, fascinated by how grapes of the same variety expressed themselves in different places. From New Zealand to Greece, Eric visited wine growing regions around the world, but in the late 90s he chose to create his vision in Sonoma. He started in 1999 with the purchase of 40 acres on the side of Bennett Mountain, which is the steep hillside where this Syrah is produced. Many people feel that the wine is reminiscent of the top wines from the great Hermitage region in the Rhone Valley.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is plush, forward and inviting. This is a surprisingly soft, opulent wine for the year and appellation, yet all the elements are fused together effortlessly. Sweet red and purple stone fruits, spices, wild flowers, mint and lavender build to the juicy, exuberant finish. There is plenty to like here.