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Archimedes 2013

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94 Points - Robert Parker

Multiple winner of several awards

Retail: $90.00
Member Price $81.00
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“Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth.” - Archimedes of Syracuse  

Considered to be one of the greatest mathematical minds of all time, Archimedes of ancient Greece, was also a physicist, astronomer, engineer, and inventor. The lever, compound pulley, and hydraulic screw are among his most noteworthy inventions. But he also became legendary for defeating the Roman army at sea by creating enormous reflective devices that used the sun’s rays to ignite and burn their ships. The painting reproduced on our label memorializes this amazing moment in history. In admiration of this great innovator, Francis Coppola’s grandfather Augusto named his first son Archimedes. With this wine, we pay homage to Uncle Archimedes, a man who loved math and mechanics as much as his namesake.


Produced in very limited quantities, Archimedes is crafted from small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and several other Bordeaux varietals. The wine matures in French oak barrels, much of it new oak, for nearly two years. During this maturation period the wine reaches a high degree of tannin development, flavor integration, and textural refinement. Given the weight and power of the Cabernet and Petite Verdot in this blend, the wine reaches its full potential with 3-5 years of additional cellaring. For those who wish to enjoy this immediately, we recommend decanting for several hours prior to serving. 


2013 was an outstanding vintage. Despite it being one of the driest growing seasons on record, moderate temperatures throughout the season allowed the fruit to hang on the vines longer than normal. This allowed the grapes to develop intense concentration and profuse aromatics. Because the vines were optimized by the ideal conditions of the previous year, the quality level of this year’s fruit actually supersedes that of its predecessor. This vintage will certainly be remembered as one of the finest of the decade. 


Rich and textural on the palate, this sophisticated, full-bodied wine offers lush extraction, vibrant fruit expressions, and ample tannin structure. Nuances of blackberries, blueberries, cassis, tobacco, and violets are layered between fragrant spices and notes of smoke that complement the dark, juicy fruits. As the wine opens up, red fruit impressions emerge along with an edge of toasted caramel for a long, alluring finish. 

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Alcohol: 15%

Archimedes 2013 is not eligible for case discounts or any online promotional discounts.

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