This brickhouse red from a near-perfect vintage offers loads of pleasure now but the promise of so much more to come over the coming years. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon with 6% Cabernet Franc and saw just shy of two years in mostly new French oak. Time and air will uncoil the cassis aromatics along with licorice, garrigue, soil and cedar. Solid, muscular black fruit embraces ripe, grainy tannins on a slow, delicious roll to an energetic, earthy finish.
A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red Wine was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 55% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with flamboyant scents of candied violets, red roses, black raspberries and fragrant earth over a core of cassis, wild blueberries and Morello cherries with a waft of pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is an exercise in poise, featuring beautifully balanced velvety tannins and seamless freshness framing the opulent black and red berry layers, finishing very long and perfumed.