Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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2018 Vintage: A cool start to the growing season and late bloom in the vines seemed to portend a late, long growing season. But by June, the Napa Valley summer was in full swing. With a healthy crop, the vines weathered the heat, recharging each evening with cool breezes from the Pacific. Harvest was slow and steady, affording us the opportunity to be very selective in how and when the vines were picked. e result is a wide array of aromas, flavors and textures that seamlessly fuse into the character of this wine.

NOSE: Dark garnet, nearly violet in the glass, the aromatic intensity of this wine is irresistible. Fresh berries and dried cherries comingle with bergamot, lavender, mint, gunpowder and sage without a single element dominating another.

PALATE: Fresh and dynamic, with cranberry, cola and raspberry jam. The acidity is laser focused, the spine pulling the layers of flavor into harmony with the wine’s supple, yet dense, structure. The tannins here serve to elevate, not overwhelm, the kinetic balance of texture, ripeness and vineyard character.

FINISH: Toasted hazelnut and vanilla emerge as the wine leans savory with mushroom, black pepper and cedar. The Merlot in the blend really shines here with rhubarb, cassis and velvety softness.

ALCOHOL: 14.2%

BLEND: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc

BARREL AGING: 16 months in French and Eastern European oak, 26% new