Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Chris's Cuvée 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Calistoga|
Heavier crop loads and a very cool growing season allowed for some ideal extended hang time. Perfect fall weather gave way to even ripeness patiently brought in throughout the valley.
Baker's chocolate, fine tobacco leaf, and a brooding dark fruit profile form an intense nose. Balanced tannin to oak ratios supports the jammy and refined fresh berry profile.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Chris's Cuvée captures all of the intensity of this Calistoga site. Black fruit, leather, licorice, smoke, grilled herbs and chocolate all build in the glass. Ample and resonant, with tremendous richness the 2018 is positively stellar. Give the firm yet well-integrated tannins a bit of time to soften.
Lastly, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Chris's Cuvee showed nicely, with a plump, seamless, full-bodied style that offers good complexity, loads of blue fruits, ripe, silky tannins, and a great finish. I love its balance, and this quality Cabernet Sauvignon is going to evolve for 10-15 years.