RouteStock

California: Napa Valley, United States
California: Sonoma Coast, United States

Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – 2018

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  • Introduction

    • RouteStock is an invitation to discover the deep roots of winemaking in Napa and Sonoma, planted firmly at each step of your journey through our vineyard sites. Every glass tells the story of Napa’s remarkable fine wine heritage, from the famous routes that wind between the vineyards, to the roots that produce its world-renowned grapes. An endeavor of enduring Napa-based importer Wilson Daniels, RouteStock is established as a product that consistently over-delivers in quality at a very attractive price point.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Napa Valley Cabernet is a world-renowned institution, and ours is born from long-term relationships with four top-quality vineyards throughout the region. Hailing from the cooler Yountville region, the warmer St. Helena, the mountainous Mount Veeder and the valley floor Rutherford, the fruit we source for this bottling produces a bright and complex blend that reflects all the best elements of Napa. We finish the wine with small percentages of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot to deliver the best complexity and balance.

  • Vintage Report

    • The 2018 vintage was a dream after the devastating fires at the end of the 2017 vintage. Spring came early which brought pressure on rain during flowering and fruit set as well as frost on tender buds. We got through this scary period beautifully and proceeded with a relatively calm and warm summer that brought on another earlier than “normal” harvest. We began picking Merlot on September 18th and ended with the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 15th.

  • Vinification

    • Aging: 21 months in 98% French oak with 15% being new
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon; 3.3% Merlot; 2.2% Cabernet Franc; 2.1% Malbec and 1.1% Petit Verdot
    • Alcohol: 14.1%
    • TA: 6.09%
    • p H: 3.58
    • RS: 0.307%
  • Tasting Notes

    • A wonderfully medium-dark hue emits a complex aroma of black plum, soy sauce, bright fruit and oak. This translates into flavors that mirror the aromas with a beautiful balance of fruit, oak, alcohol, acidity and tannin creating a very smooth, bright and savory wine of great length and complexity.