The grapes for the 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon come almost completely from our sustainably farmed Salvador Vineyard, located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. This site is planted to a diverse selection of Cabernet Sauvignon clones, and the temperate climate brings out Cabernet Sauvignon’s warm dark fruit characteristics, and ensures the fruit reaches optimal ripeness while retaining its natural, bright acidity. A small amount of fruit from our St. Helena appellation vineyards adds another layer of complexity to the finished wine
The grapes were harvested in the cool early morning hours. After being crushed, the fruit and juice underwent a 13- to 20-day maceration period and were fermented using délestage to gently impart more color and flavor. The wine lots were then aged in French oak, 57% new, for 27 months before the final blend was assembled.
The Napa Cellars 2018 Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon showcases a deep, purple hue and boasts bright aromas of blackcurrant, dark berry and plum with notes of oolong tea, clove, violets and hints of toast. This wine has an inviting palate of blackberry, toffee, vanilla and notes of graphite and cedar with dense structure and assertive tannins. For the perfect pairing, serve with beef stew topped with thyme or, for dessert, Brie cheese drizzled with honeycomb.