Keplinger Oakville Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. This is a massive and dense wine, inky in color with cassis, lavender, hints of mint, espresso, and black peppercorn. It exhibits a beautiful dark nose of red, purple and black fruits with savory spice accents and pretty floral notes – sweet peas and flowering thyme. It has a super silky entry with loads of fine espresso tannins, and texture for minutes. Just a baby at this stage, it will need another 6 months of bottle age before its truly ready. 290 cases produced.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch Vineyard, which includes 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, is another incredible wine from this winemaker. Revealing a deep purple hue as well as a killer bouquet of cassis, currants, lead pencil, graphite, and violets, it hits the palate with a full-bodied, sumptuous, layered mouthfeel that carries lots of velvety tannins as well as remarkable freshness. It's certainly a large-scaled, voluptuous 2018, yet it still has that vintage's laser-like focus as well as structure. It benefits from a decant if drinking any time today, but it’s going to drink nicely for 20 years or more.