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"This limited release wine celebrates the rarity granted to us by Mother Nature," noted Stambor. "2013 was a spectacular vintage, with the earliest onset to harvest that I recall in my 28 years of winemaking at Beaulieu, and gave us some truly special Cabernet Sauvignon. By bottling Rarity only in magnums, we better ensure that this magnificent wine can reach its full potential with bottle aging and can be enjoyed for decades to come." While Napa Valley winemakers heralded the 2012 vintage as outstanding, the 2013 vintage was truly magnificent, with an unusually warm and dr y winter promoting early bud- break, which gave the vines an early start to the 2013 growing season. Ideal conditions prevailed through flowering, fruit set and ripening, with low rainfall keeping the grapes desirably small. While harvest was early, the bloom-to-harvest span was not compressed; thus, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot grapes benefited from adequate hang-time to develop exceptionally ripe, balanced flavors. The process of making Rarity 2013 began with hand- sorting the grape clusters and then the destemmed grapes to retain only the highest quality fruit. For early integration of oak character and to enhance the supple mouthfeel, over half of the Rarity components were barrel-fermented, with the balance in stainless steel and wood tanks. During fermentation in barrel, Beaulieu Vineyard's cellar team rotated the barrels four times daily to fully extract phenolic concentration and build complexity. After a month of maceration followed by gentle pressing, the wine was returned to barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. To balance the tremendous intensity of dark fruit character, Stambor chose to age this wine in 100% new French and Russian oak barrels. To add even more structure and layers of flavor complexity to the Cabernet Sauvignon, the blend was complemented with 10% Petit Verdot from BV Ranch No.1. Rated at 99 points by Rober t Parker in The Wine Advocate, 2013 Rarity delivers massive power and weight, yet with uncommon elegance and suppleness. e wine's profuse aromas of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and violet are mirrored in the opulent flavors that explode on the palate. Seamlessly integrated vanilla and oak spice nuances, from barrel fermentation and aging in entirely new barrels, add even more complexity. "Rutherford Dust" tannins contribute texture, while bright acidity keeps its fresh, purity of focus. is is a wine that will age for decades. Only 1,500 bottles of Rarity 2013 have been produced. The limited-edition magnum bottles, each numbered and presented in a commemorative box, are available for $1,000 at select fine wine purveyors and by personal inquiry through the winery at sl 43

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