Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018
About This Wine
On the nose: Violets, blackberries, cherry pits, worn leather, matchboxes, dusty soil
On the palate: Boysenberry, currant, anise, rose, espresso bean, elegant French oak, broad on the palate while being both balanced and powerful
Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot
Fermentation: 70% barrel fermented, 30% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 22 months, 100% French oak; 75% new, 25% 1-year-old
Dubbed a “Winemaker’s Dream Vintage” the 2018 growing season in Napa saw cooler than average temperatures throughout Spring and Summer. An abundance of rain in February was followed by continuous days of sunshine and mild temperatures that made for uniform vines and even cluster growth. With no major heat spikes to contend with, there was no need to rush through harvest. Cooler temperatures allowed us to pick when we wanted, without stress and under optimal conditions. The gift from Mother Nature translated to wines that not only have great concentration but also an amazing freshness.