2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Price $80.00, $64.00 (Phelps Preferred)

Blend and Grape Sources 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec from 84% estate and 16% grower vineyards in St. Helena, south Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District and the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley.

Appellation Napa Valley

Aging/Cooperage 18 months in 40% new oak (49% French, 51% American) and 60% one- to two-year-old French and American barrels.

Winemaking Data The wine was aged for eighteen months in 40% new oak (49% French, 51% American) and 60% one- to two-year-old French and American barrels before bottling. The coopers included Ermitage, François Frères, Demptos (French & American), Canton (American), Dargaud Jaegle, Orion and Taransaud. A wine of great energy, length, and finesse, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon opens

Winemaker Notes A wine of great energy, length, and finesse, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with floral notes, cedar and pencil shavings followed by ripe blackberry, cassis and red currant jam. Fresh and focused with pleasing acid and tannin structure building tension along the palate to the lingering finish.

Vintage Notes The 2018 growing season in Napa Valley was marked by cool, mild weather. The cooler than normal spring delayed budbreak, bloom and veraison by two weeks compared to the previous several years. The mild weather pattern in August and September allowed for an extended hang time during harvest allowing exceptional and complex flavor development and overall fruit quality for the vintage.

Reviews (91-93) Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals vivacious notions of crushed black currants, red currant jelly, fresh blackberries and Morello cherries with touches of garrigue, bay leaves, damp soil and cedar chest. Medium-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant and charged with energy, featured loads of crunchy black and red fruit plus a refreshing backbone, finishing on an appealing chewy note. -LPB, Oct. 2019

(90-92) Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley has terrific notes of crème de cassis, ground herbs, earth, and tobacco. It's fresh, medium-bodied, has good concentration, beautiful balance, and fine tannins. (Jan. 2020)