Four Sisters, Fourth Generation - Continuing a Family Legacy!
2013 Aloft Cabernet Sauvignon
Few know the story behind the Aloft label. First designed in 2011 by Alycia Mondavi, the label includes hidden elements inspired by years of family farming. At first glance, the label depicts the rolling hills of Cold Springs Vineyard, found on the family’s Howell Mountain property. However, looking closely, one will find the head of a mountain lion and the outline of a snake imbedded within the vineyard scene.
Cold Springs is tucked away in a forest of tall pines and manzanita trees amongst the famous Howell Mountain rocky soil, the perfect sanctuary for three mountain lions and snakes. Living within close proximity to a neighborhood and after many family discussions, the wild and majestic lions had to be safely relocated to a new home due to their territorial behavior, but still hold a special place in the Aloft story. The snakes, however, continue to play a unique role in the family’s pledge to farm sustainably by assisting in pest and insect control. In fact, the Mondavi Sisters were blessed to have had the opportunity to work and learn alongside their Grandfather, Peter Mondavi Sr., for decades, continuing his philosophy to care for the land in order to continue their family legacy.
The 2013 Aloft is a superior example of the family’s continued commitment to protecting and preserving the land. Peter Sr. would say, "Arguably the best vintage Napa Valley has seen in decades, the 2013 Aloft holds true to vintage expectations." The aromatics and palate parallel each other with an intensity of ripe blueberry, blackberry, black currant and black cherry. The wine shows further complexity with diverse flavors of dark chocolate, clove, black pepper, leather, tobacco and cigar. Although still youthful, the 2013 portrays a tasteful balance between ripe fruit, bright acidity, and tannins. Cellar this wine for a few years and the lush tannins will continue to soften adding an additional dimension to this mountain Cabernet.
Wine: One Bottle of our 2013 Aloft Cabernet Sauvignon
Cost: $200 per kit (includes shipping)