2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Tasting Notes

    Eye
    Onyx core, crimson rim.

    Nose
    English lavender, creme de cassis, blueberries, blackberries, bay laurel, savory sage, tobacco, saddle, subtle anise, winter spices.

    Palate
    Full-bodied with balanced acidity, even structure, and ripe fruit. Gentle, grippy tannins, long finish.

    Cellar life
    Drink now through 2035+.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Vineyard Source
      Brown Estate — Terraces & Far East Blocks
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel Aging
      18 months in 50% new French oak
    • Alcohol by vol.
      14.8%
    • Production
      150 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    Cabernet Sauvignon was the second varietal to appear under our Brown Estate label. Following four vintages of strictly Zinfandel production we began bottling our estate Cab Sauv with the 2000 vintage. This wine is produced from two vineyards blocks on the east side of our property. Our hillside Terraces Block at elevation 1300 feet struggles to yield a few tons of sparsely clustered tiny berries with inky intensity. Our Far East Block, surrounded by oak trees in a protected amphitheater, grows robustly and with minimal intervention. Between the two we have a comprehensive expression of Napa Valley hillside Cabernet Sauvignon the Brown way.

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