Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2018
About This Wine
On the nose: Clove oil, marzipan, vanilla beans, yogurt pretzels, sage, rose petals, cherry blossoms, dragées
On the palate: After Eight mint, banana chantilly, beef jerky, tapenade, artichoke, chicon, blackberry jam, macerated strawberry, peach iced tea, quiche, lychee, cotton candy, clementine peel, pine resin, hint of creamed honey
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation: 70% barrel fermented, 30% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 22 months in French oak, 75% new, 25% 1-year-old barrels
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.