Tasting Notes

2013 Totem

Gold medal winner, 2017 San Francisco Wine Competition

This wine spends 25 Months in 100% New French Oak - medium to heavy toast on the barrel to add a vanilla & caramel spice. The 2013 Totem is part of YMV's ongoing efforts to make the most exceptional wines possible.

Careful harvesting and extended maceration make this offering particularly distinctive, as do the inky black color, mouth-filling viscosity and total harmony between fruit and oak. This is a wine of outstanding character and quality.

This wine is meant for longevity. It is incredible now, but can also be cellared for many years to come and saved for a special occasion.

2013 Totem bottle

Technical Information


100% Howell Mountain, Napa, CA


93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot



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Good to Know

  • Totem is Bob's "legacy" wine… something he could pass down through the generations of his family. In sticking with the OTT (over the top) theme we have at Yonah, Bob wanted the absolute best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes we could get our hands on. Our winemaker went out to California to hand select the vineyard for these grapes.
  • Totem 2013 will be the longest totem ever spent in barrel. 5 years in brand new 100% french oak. Totem 2013 will have a higher skin to juice ratio, which means the flavors are more concentrated.
  • You won't get bitter or astringent flavors with Totem because we used a "free run" process which means you only catch the juice that free flows out of the press without actually using the press. Like an easy strain. The pressed fruit then goes in to Genesis.