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Tasting Notes For Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
The grapes were carefully harvested and destemmed, then transferred to upright tanks for a three to four-day cold soak. The must saw 15 to 20 days of skin contact and was pumped over two to three times a day. Each lot was aged and evaluated separately, with the final blend taking place in February 2018. In total, the wine was aged for 21 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels (30% new).
Grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon were carefully selected from several of our premium Napa Valley vineyards, including Sun Lake, Cypress Ranch and Sage Canyon. The 2018 growing season was remarkably steady. A cooperative spring and warm summer allowed grapes to ripen fully and evenly, allowing us to pick blocks across Napa Valley at optimum maturity and complexity. The 2018 vintage offers intense aromatics with outstanding concentration, structure and balance.
Our 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a distinctly layered wine with notes of ripe dark plum, black currant and sage. Rich and full-bodied, this superbly balanced wine has an expansive mid-palate and an exceptionally long finish. Already displaying a refined profile, this vintage’s well-structured tannins and ample acidity will allow it to age for more than a decade.
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