The fruit was harvested from September 15th to October 15th. The 2018 growing season started with significantly higher than average frost hours (a measurement of hours below 36 F), which led to a late bud break. The growing season also stood out in terms of GDD (growing degree days), with 14% fewer on average than 2017. The mild conditions and lack of extreme heat spikes combined to create a high quality fruit year.
The grapes for this wine come from the world-famous Rutherford appellation. Situated on terraces and the valley floor, which benefit from fine loam soil and moderate temperatures, this region is renowned for historically producing some of Napa Valley’s finest and most fruitforward Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, then brought to the cellar and destemmed. The grapes received a cold soak, followed by fermentation at a high temperature to ensure maximum extraction was achieved. The wine was racked to 100 percent new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.