2018 Ladera High Plateau Cabernet Sauvignon
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As the name implies, High Plateau is sourced from mountain vineyards in the Napa Valley, with different vintages showcasing the character and complexity of carefully selected sites. In 2018 we sourced Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from a famed, high elevation ‘High Plateau’ vineyard on Atlas Peak. At an elevation of 1,600 feet, this dramatic site sits above the typical fog line, receiving longer sun exposure perfectly suited for producing ripe, flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2018 High Plateau Cabernet Sauvignon is a singular expression, where site and varietal combine to create a distinctively complex wine. The grapes were carefully sorted by hand, de-stemmed without crushing then sorted a second time using optical image-processing. Once in tank, the grapes were cold soaked for 5 days to extract maximum fruit character. The wine was aged in 85% new premium French oak barrels for 22 months before the final blend was assembled.
The 2018 Ladera High Plateau Cabernet Sauvignon reveals an inky purple hue with pure aromas of blackberry cobbler, crème de cassis and sandalwood with intriguing spice and floral details. The juicy palate is filled with expressive black fruits, supported by a bold tannin structure, distinctive of its mountain origins. A concentrated yet elegant wine with plenty of freshness that will over-deliver for years to come.
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