Left Bank Napa Valley 2018
About This Wine
On the nose: Complex aromatics of rich red and black berries, Crème de cassis, anise, French toast, savory forest mushrooms, underbrush
On the palate: Angular black fruit, marmalade, cocoa bean, saddle leather, wet stone, chewy tannin on a long, flavorful finish
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Fermentation: 40% barrel fermented in French oak, 50% new, 50% one-year-old barrels; 60% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 18 months in French oak, 50% new, 50 % 1-year-old barrels
2018 was a dream growing season and harvest for Napa Valley. 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.