We sourced our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from a small independent grower along the northern edge of Napa Valley's Oak Knoll District. With its proximity to San Pablo bay and the resulting maritime influence this temperate subregion is known for producing bold and focused wines. The vineyard is graced with well-drained soils and in 2018 we had ideal weather conditions which enabled an extended growing season and complete ripening of the fruit.
Winemaking & Tasting Notes
Harvest commenced on October 25 just before the first cold front of Autumn. We fermented our Cabernet in new French oak puncheons and the cool Fall evenings created ideal natural conditions for a long and temperate fermentation, enhancing the taste, color, and "mouthfeel" of the wine. After a light settling, the finished wine was treated to a 22-month elevage in a combination of new French oak barrels (70%) and two-year-old French Oak barrels (30%). Our final blend includes a touch of Petit Verdot for added structure and grip. Dark ruby to purple in color with a crimson edge in the glass, the nose presents classic varietal aromas of raspberry, licorice, dried flowers and leather.