2013 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon Robert Parker Review

The exciting 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from the respected Lewelling Ranch in St. Helena is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Aged 20 months in 70% new French oak, this has a relatively realistic price point for Napa. There are 700 cases of this opaque purple wine, which exhibits classic Pauillac notes of Christmas fruitcake, allspice, cedar wood, black and red currants as well as hints of underbrush and earth. It is medium to full-bodied, deliciously fruity and pure, with light to moderate tannin in the finish. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

Rating: 93

The 2013 Field Select is actually 98% Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, coming from the owner’s favorite block of the Lewelling Ranch. There are only two barrels, or 60 cases, so my notes are intentionally short, but this is a beauty. Inky purple, with plenty of blackberry and blackcurrant, some licorice, incense, subtle smoky oak, and a long, full-bodied, opulent finish, it should be drunk over the next 15+ years.

Rating: 94 

2012 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon Robert Parker Reviews

The 2012 Hayfork Lewelling Ranch Cabernet, which is actually a great value in the scheme of Napa pricing, is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot that was aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak. The wine displays gorgeous licorice, lead pencil shavings, black currants, loamy soil undertones and a touch of barrique. Dense purple, it has a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel and a stunning finish with good acidity and velvety, well-integrated tannin, alcohol and wood. This is a scrumptious, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 15 or so years.

Rating: 96

The 2012 Hayfork Field Select is slightly more expensive and a much smaller cuvée of just two barrels compared to the 610 cases of the Lewelling Ranch. It is a flowery wine, with notes of licorice, chocolate, coffee bean, blackcurrants and new oak. The wine comes from their favorite block on Lewelling Ranch and is a blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. I didn’t like it as much as the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch, as it is more backward, more flowery, and just seems more structured, although potentially longer lived. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25 years. 

Rating: 95+


2011 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker Review

Hayfork was also successful with their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, which possesses more concentration than many of its peers, no herbaceous or vegetal aspects, and sweet red and black currant aromas and flavors.  This attractive, reasonably well-endowed 2011 should drink well for a decade.

Rating: 89-91

The John Lewelling family: Continuing a Napa Valley farming dynasty

The John Lewelling family: Continuing a Napa Valley farming dynasty

Rebecca Yerger, NapaValleyRegister.com

For nearly 150 years, the descendants of John Lewelling have been stewards of the St. Helena farmstead he established in 1864. This dedication to their agricultural roots and the land has called for struggle, sacrifice and determination throughout the generations of the long-time Napa Valley farming family ....

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2010 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker Review

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch has turned out beautifully now that it is in bottle.  Sweet red cherries, mint, licorice are beautifully layered in a wine that stands out for its ripe juicy personality.  Clean veins of minerality frame the refined finish.  This attractive, totally sexy Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well with minimum cellaring.  It is another terrific effort from winemaker Haley Wight. The 2010 is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot.  Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

Antonio Galloni Rating: 93

2009 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker Review

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is a bold, juicy wine bursting with blackberries, blueberries, flowers and mint. It shows gorgeous balance in an overt, forward style best suited for drinking over the near and mid term. Layers of flavor build to the effortless, textured finish. The 2009 is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot that spent 19 months in French oak barrels, 70% new. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019.

I was very impressed with the wines I tasted from Hayfork and winemaker Haley Wight. In addition to the 2009 I also tasted a preliminary blend of the 2010 that showed plenty of promise. This is an estate to watch for the future.

Antonio Galloni Rating: 92