Varietal: 92.4% Cabernet Sauvignon; 3.2% Malbec; 2.5% Merlot; 1.9% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Napa Valley
Production: 125 cases
Awards: Double – Gold and 96points from 2021 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
Introduction: The 2018 Kukeri Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of fruit from some of the best Cabernet growing regions in Napa Valley, including the Truchard vineyard, located in Los Carneros and another small family vineyard situated within 1500 feet elevation on the eastern slope of Atlas Peak. A touch of Malbec, Merlot and Petite Verdot balance the rich dark fruit and massive tannins of our 2018 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, adding a vibrancy to its lush mouthfeel and lingering dry finish and balanced acidity.
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 14 days and punched down 3 times a day, with an additional 4 days extended maceration to increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. The wine is then gently pressed and aged on fine lees for 28 months in mixture of 85% French and 15% American oak barrels with 40% new French oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel.
Tasting Notes: Bold and balanced the 2018 Kukeri Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibiting aromas of dark berry fruits, black tea, cassis, bell papers and green olives, accented with earthy spice notes. A hint of mountain forest, light cedar oak and dusty baking cocoa combine these aromatics to create this rich full-bodied Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with medium acidity and long legs, which makes a perfect accompaniment to any grilled meat dishes.
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