The 2018 winter was much drier than usual but this vintage will be most remembered for its cool summer temperatures and lack of heat spikes. Daily highs in July and August peaked at 85F but as the weather cooled and mist hung in the air, our decision to pick was delayed by almost four weeks past the previous year. This longer hang time resulted in larger yields and more complex flavors as we waited for the sugars to accumulate, with harvest taking place October 9-24.
For our 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, select areas within each vineyard are hand harvested, fermented separately and aged in the finest French oak. Each lot is tasted and graded and only the best are considered. The blend is then assembled, and the wine is aged 24 months before bottling.
Rich, lush and structured, the 2018 vintage displays intense aromas of black currant, cassis and crushed violet. is wine is velvety with a smooth, lingering nish of herbal notes, vanilla and cocoa. Enjoy this wine now with a grilled porterhouse, rack of lamb, or a winter vegetable roast or lay a few bottles down in your cellar to enjoy in 4 to 6 years.
Our Reserve wines are the result of a careful blend of individual lots from meticulously farmed sections of some of the very best vineyards in Sonoma County. Created in our small lot Artisan Cellar, Winemaker Justin Seidenfeld employs techniques such as cluster pre-sorting and extended maceration. With small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process, our cellar is state-of-the-art and represents the Klein family commitment to producing the finest wines possible.
Appellation: 79% Sonoma County, 21% Alexander Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Cellar & Fermentation: 24 months in French oak barrels, 75% new