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2018 Kukeri Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon


Varietal: 95.85% Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.75% Malbec;  1.4 % Merlot; 1.% Petit Verdot
Vintage: 2018
Appellation: Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
Alcohol: 14.97%
pH: 3.61
Production: 150 cases

Introduction: The 2018 Kukeri Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon is coming from a small family vineyard situated within 1500 feet elevation on the eastern slope of Atlas Peak. The volcanic soil of the vineyard is naturally stressing the vines, resulting in more concentrated fruit. A touch of Malbec, Merlot, and Petite Verdot balance the rich dark fruit and massive tannins of our 2018 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, adding a vibrancy to its lush mouthfeel and long finish and lingering acidity. The Cabernet grape selection is clone 337.

Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked at the middle of October, sorted and de-stemmed into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 3 days to help stabilize the color and enhance flavor. It was fermented for 18 days and punched down 3 times a day, with an additional 3 days extended maceration to increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. The wine is then gently pressed and aged on fine lees for 30 months in mixture of 86% French and 14% American oak barrels with 40% new French oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel. Only 7 barrels produced.

Tasting Notes: Big and intense the 2018 Kukeri Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibiting aromas of dark cherries, plums and wild strawberries, dark chocolate with splash of vanilla. A hint of wild forest and French vanilla beans combined with balancing acidity and well-integrated oak that create this rich full-bodied Kukeri Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes a perfect accompaniment to any grilled meats and veggies.


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