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Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Region
Napa Valley
Alcohol
15.4%

2018 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

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$65
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A slight hint of honeysuckle encourages you to take another whiff and encounter the strawberry jam, damp earth and cinnamon notes that are also emanating from the glass. With a decidedly umami mid-palate it is balanced by clove, milk chocolate and plum sauce notes. This juicy, rich wine finishes with fresh raspberry and a black olive nuance that is a classic characteristic of Carneros Merlot. A rich Pasta Bolognese would pair well.

Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Region
Napa Valley
Alcohol
15.4%

Vintage Notes

2018 delivered an ideal growing season to the Napa Valley. The vintage started with abundant rain followed by a fairly dry spring. The summer was mild and the weather continued to perfect during the fall, allowing for longer hang time and a relaxed harvest. The 2018 wines have tremendous color, depth, and purity.

Winemaker Notes

The grapes were hand-harvested at night—when temperatures often dip to 50˚F—to capture vibrant acidity and fruit expression in the wine. We first cold-soaked the must (crushed grapes) for gentle extraction and then fermented the must in both oak puncheons and Italian-made concrete fermenters at 92˚F. Rigorous pump-overs, increasing during the peak of the fermentation, developed deep color, rich varietal character and fine tannins in the wine. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels to meld the bright fruit expression with oak spice nuances. After three months in barrel, the initial blend of the varieties is made so that the wine can marry during the balance of the 24 months of aging. To retain the wine’s full complexity, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.