92
points

Grand Reserve Sonoma County BIG WEEKEND EXTRA 2018

This Cabernet has distinct flavors of blackberry, blueberry, plus both red and black currants with enticing fragrances of mocha and nutmeg. Subtle notes of chocolate and toasty vanilla add to the richness and length of this bold Cab, and are accompanied by fine grained tannins on a lengthy finish.

$32
/bottle
$20.80 for Wine Club Members (Join)
Wine Facts
Appellation
91% Alexander Valley 9% Knights Valley
Composition
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot,
T.A.
0.56g/100ml
pH
3.65
Alc %
14.5%

Acclaim

2018 Vintage

92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2021

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve is beautifully done. Deep, pliant and super-expressive, the 2018 has so much character. Iron, cedar, tobacco, menthol and licorice are some of the many notes that shape this inviting Sonoma Cabernet.

 

2017 Vintage

91 points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate, December 2019

“Deep ruby-purple, it offers cassis, vanilla bean and sweet spices on the nose with cedar, coffee grounds and blue fruit sparks. Medium to full-bodied, it offers great intensity and a firm, chewy frame, with just enough freshness and an oak-laced finish.” -E.B., December 2019 

 

Winemaking

Aged for 15 months in 80% French oak (30% new) and 20% American oak. Pre-fermentation cold-soak adds layers of complexity by extracting a silkier tannin profile.  Precision harvesting, sorting, de-stemming and pressing methods are utilized so the grapes are handled in the most delicate manner possible.

In 2019 we had a very pleasant growing season; it was long and certainly warm enough to ripen the fruit fully. The winemaking team loves vintages with rich fruit character and balanced acidity.

Vineyards

Grapes are sourced from lower-yielding, higher-elevation, estate blocks and vineyards. Roughly 70% of the wine is from the same vineyard blocks year-to-year, ensuring greater consistency and enhanced complexity with each vintage.  All our estate vineyards are certified sustainable by the CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) and SIP (Sustainability in Practice) programs.

blackberry and blueberry with enticing fragrances of mocha and nutmeg
Primary Aromas & Flavors
stuffed mushrooms
Food & Wine Pairing
65° F
Ideal Serving Temperature
bordeaux
Ideal Glass Shape