2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
VARIETALS: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
AGING: 20 months in 100% French oak
Alcohol: 14.8 %
TASTING NOTES: Dark and winey, with black currant paste, fig compote and crushed blackberry notes mixed together with warm cast iron, dark licorice snap and singed alder. This has density and grip, but drive too, with a well-defined finish carried by a graphite spine. A late flash of violet adds a pure echo in the end.
WINEMAKER NOTES: Due to the exposure, rocky soils, and wind, Meadowrock maintains hygiene in wet, cold vintages. We only harvest what is ripe. In difficult years we go through the blocks up to four times during the season, selecting and harvesting just-ripe clusters. All of our fruit goes through sorting belts, where we sort cluster and berries. We ferment is small t-bins with an objective to extract the most without compromising the quality and the style. We then age the wine in French-oak barrels for up to 20 months. –Julian Gonzalez, Winemaker
RATINGS: 98 Tasting Panel, 93 Wine Spectator