Creamy, rich, and generous, this wine shows essences of toasted spice with hints of black peppercorn and cocoa. Lively with firm, chewy tannins, this wine follows through with rich black cherry, coffee and a pleasing granite-like finish
The 2018 vintage was one of great reprieve after 2017 and belongs in an echelon with the finest of the past two decades. It was absent of challenges that plagued many of the previous years, ranging from drought, low yields and heatwaves. When compared to recent vintages, it is most synonymous with the highly acclaimed 2016. ‘There were a lot of synergies in both the growing season and the wines. They have a lot of the same energy, expression and life.
Steady, warm temperatures made for a cool, unhurried harvest, and our healthy leaf canopies, allowed the fruit to hang longer and ripen very slowly on the vine. Harvest wrapped the first week of November with our Cabernet Sauvignon in the Stags Leap District. The extended time on the vine and the temperate weather gave a fantastic concentration of ripe flavor and density to the grapes along with high acidity in the wines, resulting in a vintage with natural balance and finesse.