ARGOT 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
VINEYARD Hailing from four distinct terroirs within the Napa Valley — two valley floor ranches, one each on the western edge of Rutherford, and the eastside of Oakville; two ferociously steep, rocky hillside vineyards (one north-facing, one west-facing) in the cool, southwestern corner of the valley.
PRODUCTION 450 cases
VARIETAL 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Clones: 30% Clone 2, 30% Clone 337, 25% Clone 169, 15% Clone 7
CRUSH Hand-harvested in multiple passes on 10/12, 10/25, 10/26 and 10/31. Cluster and berry sorted by hand, destemmed and crushed.
FERMENT 5-day cold soaks, followed by native fermentation in open-top tanks, with an average of 15 days of skin contact.
AGING 20 months, French oak barrels, 60% new. Never racked prior to bottling. Un-fined, unfiltered.
NOTES With its flawless growing season, 2018 is a classic vintage in the Napa Valley. An endless summer that gave way to extended Autumnal perfection, allowed for ideal ripening conditions throughout. This wine presents a mélange of pure red and black fruit character that explodes across the palate, delivered on an exquisite ribbon of tannin that defines the perfectly-honed structure. A beautifully harmonious and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon.