The 2018 vintage marks our forty-third growing season in the Napa Valley and one of our finest expressions to date. Our family has been stewards of this land with the intent of cultivating world-class wines rooted in a true sense of place and time. Although we can never predict the future, we embrace every year with a new hope in both the vineyard and the cellar to create memorable wines that honor that relationship between ourselves and mother nature.
An ideal growing season began with abundant rainfall that refilled reservoirs and replenished soils, and helped spawn beautiful flora and fauna in Spring. Favorable conditions lead to healthy cluster development and balanced fruit set through veraison, complemented by relatively mild summer temperatures and welcomed diurnal shifts. Throughout the vineyard, the vintage maintained incredible consistency and uniformity, and the healthy canopies provided ample protection and dappled sunlight to allow for gradual development. A heavier crop meant slight adjustments were completed to balance the vines, while flavor and phenological development were in lockstep on arrival at the winery. The resulting wine is complex, powerful, and rich with flavor.
Vineyard Source: Marston Family Vineyard, Spring Mountain District AVA, Napa Valley
Composition: 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date: October 6th through October 17th 2018
Vinification: 60% Stainless Steel and 40% Barrel fermentation; 100% French Oak Aging for 20 months
Production: 462 Cases Bottled on April 22nd, 2020.
"An earth-forward showing of Spring Mountain, with aromas of tilled earth, moss and dried leather. Perfectly ripe raspberries, pomegranate skin and oolong tea on the palate with a dynamic and vibrant palate. The finish is multilayered and harmonious. Impressively well-put-together right out of the gate but should absolutely be cellared if one can leave it alone. Optimal Drinking Window 2026 - 2030." - 95 Points, Decanter Magazine