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Napa Valley 2018

The Altruist

Napa Valley
93 Pts, Tasting Panel Magazine, 2022
$23.20 CLUB

Crafted predominantly with estate-grown fruit, this “right bank” Bordeaux-style red blend allows the velvety Merlot flavors to take center stage. Lots for this wine spend more than 16 months in French & American oak, resulting in opulent notes of black cherry and raspberry jam layered with aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla bean and toast.

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2018 The Altruist - Bottle Shot

Wine Specs

vintage

2018

Bottling Date

July 2020

Release Date

March 2022

Alcohol %

14.60%

Acid

0.48 g/100 ml

pH

3.69

Varietal Composition

61% Merlot
24% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Cabernet Franc
5% Malbec
3% Petit Verdot

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel
15 Days Skin Contact

Aging

16½ Months in French & American Oak
(50/50)

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Kimberlee Nicholls on 2018 The Altruist

Vineyard Notes

  • 71% Estate Grown fruit
  • Oak Knoll District: Merlot
  • Calistoga District: Cabernet Sauvignon & Petit Verdot
  • Yountville District: Cabernet Franc & Malbec
  • Certification: 100% NAPA GREEN WINERY

 

This bottling extends beyond making great wine. We dedicate The Altruist to those who serve their community, show concern for the welfare of others, and embody giving back as a way of life. Through annual donations, we support organizations that keep our communities strong.

KIMBERLEE NICHOLLS, WINEMAKER

Harvest Notes

  • Verasion was three weeks late, followed by a temperate summer of warm days with cool breezes
  • Care was taken to fine tune crop load to maximize fruit intensity
  • Extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created ideal conditions for fruit to develop flavor complexity through gradual ripening