A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2013 Yardi Cabernet Sauvignon

The hugely-heralded 2013 vintage in Napa Valley is famous for good reason: its balance of ripe fruit and structure is second to no vintage that anyone can remember. Our flagship Cabernet: Artefact, shows this balance and reflects its vineyards with a sense of place. It is composed of 94% Kenefick Ranch and 6% Corona Vineyard. The very special Kenefick parcel is located off Pickett Road close to the hills across the street from its famous neighbor, and consists of clones 7, 191, and 341. The Corona Vineyard is in Oakville’s western hills utilizing clone 337. The combination of these two sites has been the winning formula for Artefact since 2011. Kenefick provides complex layers of soft, lush, deep fruit with a freshness that is unexpected; while the Corona, planted in pure shale, supplies dense mountain structure and minerality with dark, intense fruit. Notes of blackberry coulis, brandied cherries, potpourri, Asian spice and brioche lead to a rich, densely stacked palate with flavors that echo the nose. The finish is big, but avoids the heaviness and structure that some 2013's show. We are thrilled to share this wine to you! 19 barrels produced.

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 94% Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga
  • 6% Corona Vineyard in Oakville
  • Aged in 100% new French Oak for 21 months
  • Unfined & unfiltered
  • 359 cases made

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