2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black currant, Morello cherry and just-ripe black mission fig dance with the aromas of sage, candied violets, star anise and black truffle. The palate is dense and compact with incredible structure. Layers of complex black and red fruit fill the mouth, while sandalwood, bay, graphite and forest aromatics linger with the velvety tannins on the long and dynamic finish. This is a showstopper!
Winemaking during the 2018 vintage was like riding a wave on a surfboard. It started out slowly and smoothly, with excitement building as our chardonnay, viognier and syrah lots ripened steadily and sequentially throughout the month of September. Rather suddenly though, we realized that perfect ripening conditions during September and October were creating a compressed harvest season for our cabernet, merlot and cabernet franc grapes, all of which were ready to be picked at nearly the same time. Our wine team worked virtually round-the-clock from October 3rd to November 6th to bring in 27 gorgeous cabernet lots including stellar fruit from several younger blocks that were replanted in 2013-2014. The wines across the board were lush, round, dense and delicious. A year later as we assembled our blends it was actually hard to find blends that we didn't like, but in this incarnation of our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, we are proud to share with you our absolute favorite.
Updated notes from July 2022:
Like the 2018 Cabernet Franc, this wine is all about opulence and mouth-coating richness. Initially expressing black currant, morello cherry, just-ripe fig, sage and black truffle, its flavors have evolved into vibrant ripe black fruit, toasted anise seed, tapenade and rose oil. The aromatics are delightful, the palate lush and round. This is flat-out irresistible cabernet just entering its perfect drinking window.
|Appellation:||70% Napa/ 30% Sonoma|
|Blend:||89% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||October 2020|
Jeb Dunnuck: Napa Valley's 2018 - Rating: 91
Looking at the base Cabernet, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon comes 70% from Napa and 30% from Sonoma. A wonderful nose of blackcurrants, black cherries, bouquet garni, baking spices, and dried tobacco gives way to a medium-bodied, elegant, beautifully balanced Cabernet that's very much in the balanced, fresh, classical style of the vintage. It's ideal for drinking over the coming 10-12 years, and it will probably last even longer.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: December 2021 - Rating: 91
Ripe and somewhat flashy at first glance, this wine starts off as the drink-me-now sibling among the Pride offerings, but its palatal tannins tell a different story. It is full-bodied and invitingly rich on the palate with the expected notes of currant and toasty oak in good form. And there will be those who will find it a good mate to rich beef roasts even now. For our part, we would prefer it in a more polished state and are content to let it age in the cellar for three to six years at a minimum. And, frankly, it could well gain in smoothness for a good many years after that.
Vinous: January 2022 - Rating: 92
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is packed with blackberry jam, chocolate, new leather, spice and sweet French oak. This plush, exuberant Cabernet Sauvignon is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Today it is engaging and delicious.