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2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Aging
20 months in 100% French oak (50% new)
Alcohol %
14.5
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SKU: 250125144018100

This Napa Cabernet Sauvignon reflects a traditional old-school approach to winemaking, where terroir is allowed to express itself and the art of the blend results in wines of balance and complexity. Joseph Carr and celebrated winemaker Wayne Donaldson work with small growers in the Napa Valley and Rutherford AVAs to assemble this cuvée, which offers richness, depth, and approachability.

Aromas of blackberry, cherry, and a touch of cinnamon leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine offers flavors of blackberry jam, dried cherry and dry cured olive, wrapped in well-structured yet supple tannins. Concentrated dark fruits linger on the finish, along with a note of star anise and a hint of fresh roasted coffee bean.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Aging
20 months in 100% French oak (50% new)
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Production Notes
Hand-picked at the peak of flavor development, the grapes are crushed and cold soaked for 48 hours. The cap is either punched down or pumped over two to three times daily to maximize flavor extraction during fermentation, which lasts 10 to 15 days. Select lots with robust skins and ripe tannins will be held on skin for extended maceration. All lots undergo malolactic conversion to soften the acidity and finish aging in barrel.
Winemaker Notes
February rains and fluctuations from typical spring weather slowed early vine growth and resulted in relatively late bud break and flowering. Mild conditions persisted through much of the summer and by the time the vineyards were blessed by the Fall sun, phenolic development was ahead of sugar accumulation. Slow and steady, 2018’s soft touch was captured in some wonderfully generous and supple Cabernet Sauvignon.
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