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Napa Valley 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley
New Release
$38.40 CLUB

With this bottling of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockerbox Vineyard plays the Yin to Yountville Ranch’s Yang – while our Hopper House Vineyard fills the middle range. Sensuous aromatics layer vanilla and marzipan without overpowering the intensity of jammy boysenberry and raspberry notes. Lush, juicy texture offers perfect balance to the chewy tannins that follow through the finish.

95 Pts, Tasting Panel Magazine, 2022
92 Pts, JamesSuckling.com, 2022

ACCESS WINEMAKER NOTES

Bottle of 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Specs

vintage

2018

Bottling Date

Spring 2020

Release Date

August 2021

Alcohol %

14.6%

Acid

0.62 g/100 ml

pH

3.60

Varietal Composition

94% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot
1% Merlot

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel
24 Days Skin Contact

Aging

26½ Months Aged in French Oak
39% New Oak Barrels

Vineyard Notes

  • 99% Estate Grown:
    Rockerbox Vineyard – black currant, notes of anise
    Hopper House Vineyard – tobacco, violets
    Yountville Ranch Vineyard – jammy fruit with chewy tannins
  • Blended with Cabernet Franc (violet aromatics) & Petit Verdot (lively acidity)
  • 18 clonal selections add depth &
    dimension
  • Harvest Dates: 9/28/18–10/31/18

 

“It’s exciting to bring together fruit from these three estate vineyards. Together, they express a gorgeous complexity in the glass, and the epitome of Napa Valley’s 2018 vintage.”

– KIMBERLEE NICHOLLS, WINEMAKER

Harvest Notes

  • 2018 saw heavy winter rains and record rainfall followed by normal budbreak & bloom
  • A cold spring & cool summer led to one of the latest harvests on record
  • Above average crop size required several vineyard passes to fine tune fruit intensity
  • After inital rainfall, Fall heat led to perfect harvest weather
  • 100% NAPA GREEN® Winery certified