WINEMAKER SELECT CUVÉES
2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON | SAGE RIDGE VINEYARD
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The untamed, dramatic, ridgetop landscape of Sage Ridge Vineyard delivers a wine that refuses to relent in its captivation of the senses. An incomparable expression of Cabernet Sauvignon of significant beauty, power and lift.
The massively pure fruit character charges out of the glass with unbridled enthusiasm, aromatically lifted by an unmistakable terroir-driven mélange of botanicals. Considering the intensity of flavor, everything is in exactly its right place, and the package is delivered with the utmost finesse. A wine that beautifully marries vintage and place.
In our second vintage, the potential of this site remains endlessly exciting, and has only just begun its reveal. In an era when it can feel as if every stone has already been turned in Napa Valley, this terroir proves to be both fresh and of immense quality.
2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON | SUGARLOAF VINEYARD
A vineyard we have adored working with since 2010. One block. One selection. One of the latest harvests each vintage. As such, Sugarloaf turns out supremely classic wines. In its youth, structured and firm in its fruitfulness. With each passing year in the cellar, new layers of revelation unveil themselves.
2018 took Sugarloaf’s terroir to a new level. The cool growing season, coupled with October’s extended warmth, led to a perfectly-ripe crop, that produced a stunningly classic wine. Impeccably pure black and red fruit character, freshly-tilled earth, classic Napa notes of cigar leaf and eucalyptus, and a prominent hit of all-spice.
Per usual, this bottling’s beautiful structure, along with its deep well of nuance that unspools into the finish, leads us to encourage the burying of a few bottles in the back of the cellar.
2018 “BASTARD TONGUE” | PINOT NOIR
For Bastard Tongue‘s 8th incarnation, Mother Nature delivered a stellar Pinot Noir growing season. The 2018 vintage was long, on the moderate side of warm, and lacked any disruptive weather events (heat or rain). This scenario allowed our vines the perfect ripening opportunity.
What arrives in the glass is a BT of unprecedented charm, that retains all the impressive fruit and impact fans of this bottling have come to cherish. A beguiling wine, that is somehow both exquisitely elegant and intensely powerful in each swirl, sniff and sip.
Bastard Tongue‘s unbroken string of success has created expectations we relish, and are continually motivated to exceed. This is a pinnacle Sonoma County Pinot Noir, nearly two years in the making, that we could not be more excited to finally share with you.