90 Points / Named a "Year's Best Cabernet" (Wine & Spirits) Double Gold (San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition) Double Gold (2021 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition)
The organic fruit for the 2018 Cabernet was hand picked in late October from both our winery vineyard site as well as our home ranch, Redwood Valley Vineyards. After crushing and destemming, the wine was transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. We ferment all reds warm, and allowed the fruit to reach 80-82 F. Once primary fermentation was complete, the new wine was separated from the skins and seeds. The wine was stored in tank until malolactic fermentation was complete, and then moved to barrels for its final resting place.
Deep ruby in color with aromas of sweet vanilla, ripe currants, black cherry and toasty oak. This wine exhibits flavors of cassis, dark plum, caramel and hints of dark chocolate. Soft, yet plentiful tannins balance out the velvety, layered mouthfeel.
18 months in 20% new French oak, 20% one year old and 60% in neutral (Francois Freres, Taransaud, Seguin Moreau, Marchive).
(May 18, 2021 at 7:00 AM)