Sourced from our estate Moose Valley and Walther River Block vineyards. The vineyards were harvested between October 6th and October 23rd. The grapes were fermented in separate lots, on their skins for an average of 14 days then pressed and aged in a varied selection of French oak barrels for 20 months. These lots were then combined and bottled unfiltered.
The long and moderate growing season provided our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley with tremendous depth and character first experienced on the nose with ripe blackberry, dark plum, violet candy, fresh turned soil, coffee bean and a whisper of pencil shavings. The palate is dense yet remarkably elegant, fanning out flavors of boysenberry, black cherry cordial, anise, black currant, milk chocolate and chiseled slate. This wine is blended for immediate enjoyment, but as always, will gain in complexity with several years in bottle.
This is a small winery at the base of Howell Mountain, currently selling 90% of their wines direct to their mailing list. We are one of a tiny minority of retailers who receive an allocation of their wines each year. Made by Justin Hunnicutt Stephens and Michael Hirby (alum of Behrens and Hitchcock and Realm), these are absolutely first-rate.