2018 cabernet sauvignon • napa valley
The nose is layered with black cherry, blackberry and cassis and has touches of mocha, baking and wood spices. The palate is layered and textured with structured tannins in the mid palate and through the long finish. Aging in 25% new French oak barrels adds structure and complexity to the fruit, resulting in a supple, food-friendly wine.
The 2018 growing season was marked by a wet spring, resulting in extended flowering in some areas throughout the valley. The early summer was cool and mild allowing gradual ripening and acid development. Winemakers had to wait, watch and let berry chemistry and flavors come into balance before starting a relatively late harvest.