- Producer: Barnett Vineyards - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: David Tate
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Spring Mountain District)
- Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage production: 147 barrels
- Winery location: Spring Mountain District
- First vintage: 1989
- Drinking window: 2021-2032+
About the Wine:
The grapes were sourced from the Estate, and neighbouring York Creek Vineyards, with the entire blend being solely from the Spring Mountain Appellation and all under estate control. Each lot's time frame of maceration was based individually on each lots extraction, from 13 to 23 days. Each Vineyard block was then aged separately for 22 months, the barrels being French oak and 70% new. The addition of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot spiced up the blend and added more structure and complexity to the wine.
T2018 was exemplary, showing what a perfect season in Napa Valley and on Spring Mountain can provide. The vintage was a great balance of impeccable quality with an above average quantity. It was a hot but milder summer than in 2017. Fall was a winemaker’s dream of consistent warm weather without heat spikes or rain spells.
Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"In 2018 climatic conditions were perfect up on Spring Mountain. This Cabernet is evidence of that. Fresh blackberry, anise and mocha are the first things apparent on the nose followed by cola, acai berry and menthol. This is a silky lush wine with layers of dark chocolate, cedar and freshly ground coffee. The tannins are chiefly present, being round pleasing chalky tannins with firm mountain acid balancing them out. The finish is chocolate covered plum. This powerhouse Cabernet is already showing well and will develop even more complexity over the next 10-12 years."
David Tate (Winemaker)