OVID Napa Valley
The 2013 vintage was an epic year in Napa Valley - a year of remarkable alignment. The second year of drought started with an early and dry budbreak and set followed by a warm, long and seamless growing season. Harvest was impeccable too, stretching the length of September, allowing us a leisurely picking window and yielding expressive and utterly ripe fruit from each grape varietal in our vineyard.
The 2013 OVID Napa Valley is a wine of great intensity and profound flavors, a result of the long growing season. Sweet firm tannins are interleaved with blackberry and dark cherry fruits, espresso, spice and licorice to make a wine that is both uncommonly delectable and undeniably eloquent.
- Soil Type:
Hambright soil series
- Harvest Dates:
September 10-October 4
- pH Level:
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The wine hits the palate with a cascade of gorgeous fruit, sweet tannin, great delineation and acidity.
The 2013 Proprietary Red, a slightly different blend from the 2012 (…), is a much smaller production of 350 cases. This wine, which ratchets up the level of intensity, has an opaque purple color and a beautiful nose of blackberry, blueberry and cassis as well as hints of espresso, white flowers, and subtle background toast. The wine hits the palate with a cascade of gorgeous fruit, sweet tannin, great delineation and acidity, and a long, velvety, voluptuously textured mouthfeel. This big, inky, thick, juicy wine should age beautifully for 25-30 years.
Dark, powerful and vertical in its sense of structure, the 2013 possesses terrific intensity, with a backbone of firm tannin that will allow the wine to age gracefully for many years.
This tasting reinforces my view that the 2013 is the most complete OVID yet. Dark, powerful and vertical in its sense of structure, the 2013 possesses terrific intensity, with a backbone of firm tannin that will allow the wine to age gracefully for many years. I wouldn’t dream of touching a bottle before age ten. Vivid and exceptionally balanced, the 2013 OVID captures all the pedigree that is such a signature of this great Napa Valley vintage.
A fresh and primary nose of crushed blackcurrant reveals lovely incipient complexity in the form of subtle tar and warm chaparral (the aromatic thorny scrub that grows in Napa’s eastern hills), introducing a fresh, bright and refined wine structured around layers of finely detailed tannins. This sophisticated bottling from the thoughtful Austin Peterson.