Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California

2018 vintage – 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 55% new,45 neutral. Tasting Notes: Our classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon reveals aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry with hints of dark chocolate and sweet oak. On the palate, the dark fruit is balanced by fresh acidity and lush tannins that carry all the way over a lingering, elegant finish – with just a kiss of minerality. The grapes from throughout the valley that were farmed to make this wine, provide a natural diversity of flavors. Winemaking: The grapes were destemmed and hand-sorted, following nighttime harvesting in cool temperatures to preserve optimum freshness and vibrant flavors. By fermenting in a variety of stainless steel tanks differing in size, our winemaker created diverse lots of wine that, once blended, provide layers of intense flavor and complexity. Aging in 55% new French oak, along with the blending in of complementary Bordeaux varietals, provided a fitting finale to this flagship wine.