2018 Lerner Project 'Project 18' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley


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Cabernet Sauvignon
Russell Bevan
18 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak (38% Seguin Moreau, 36% Gamba, 12% Nadalie, 6% Sylvain and 4% Boutes)
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
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750 ml Bottle

Jeb Dunnuck

Another head-turning wine from this project, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Project 18 got a handful of expletives in my notes. A plush, sexy, full-bodied 2018 delivering pure dark fruits, hints of menthol and tobacco, a deep, layered texture, and a blockbuster of a finish, it leans into the hedonistic end of the spectrum yet also has balance and class. Drink this brilliant effort over the coming 15-20 years.


Wine Advocate

Composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Project 18 is deep garnet-purple in color, delivering fragrant underbrush, black truffles and tree bark scents over a core of warm cassis, stewed plums and blackberry pie. Full-bodied, rich and plush, it delivers bags of juicy black fruits with a lively line of freshness and nice long finish. The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak and has an alcohol of 15.2%.