Wine Tours - Visiting 13 Appellations
13 Appellations produced its inaugural wine, “Thirteen,” in 2003. It was a Meritage blend made with a single ton of grapes from each of the 13 sub-AVAs in Napa Valley at the time. The goal of winemaker Steve Reynolds is to make a wine that is representative of the valley as a whole.
Since this wine was produced, a 14th sub-AVA (Oak Knoll District) has been added within Napa Valley. There are also a couple of pending sub-AVAs, including Calistoga and Coombsville/Tulocay. Reynolds has already integrated grapes from Oak Knoll into the 2004 vintage which is named, “Fourteen.”
Because the amount of fruit sourced from each sub-AVA is set at one ton, annual production of the 13 Appellations Meritage is very limited and is around 900 cases. The 2003 Thirteen is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Petite Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc.