Opulent purple and red hues present this wine. Cassis, black plum and dark raspberry aromas combine with anise and subtle vanilla, evidence of the toasted oak maturation. Juicy blackberry and black currant flavors mingle with dark cocoa, black licorice, espresso and subtle toasted oak. This textured and elegantly structured cabernet sauvignon exhibits a velvety tannin finish.
The 2018 growing season started with a relatively mild winter and spring. We experienced decent rainfall in early and mid-January, almost none in February, and a fair amount in March and April which filled up our lakes and kicked off the growing season. With a warm July, markedly cooler temperatures in August with no heat spikes, the weather remained ideal through September and October. There was a little rain in early October, but warm weather and dry breezes followed, allowing the grapes to hang on the vines longer and further develop their flavors. Harvest continued through November because of the ideal weather enabling the fruit to stay on the vine with no pressure from Mother Nature. The quality of the fruit was terrific, and the resulting wines show tremendous promise.
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