Behrens Family Winery Cemetery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
|Brand||Behrens Family Winery|
The profound richness of this wine had us pretty floored. Purple black in color with garnet edges, the 2018 Cemetery exhibits aromatic notes of plum, blackberry and cinnamon. Beautifully integrated tannins lend body and depth to the structure, and a balanced acidity keeps it lively, highlighting the nuances of licorice, espresso and boysenberry. This wine feels complete and moves with power and grace. Unfortunately, due to the loss of our 2019 and 2020 vintages, this will be the last bottling of Cemetery until the 2021 is available.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 196 cases produced.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Cemetery rolls effortlessly out of the glass with open-knit scents of fresh black and red currants, ripe blackberries and black raspberries, giving way to nuances of red roses, cedar chest, pencil lead and clove oil. Full-bodied, the palate delivers tightly wound layers of black fruit preserves and baking spices, framed by firm, grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and with great purity.
The appropriately named 2018 Cemetery emerges from a site in central St Helena next to the town cemetery. It is one of the most potent, structured Cabernets in the range. It is a bit less showy than many of the 2018s in this tasting, but it makes up for that with its drive and overall persistence. Dark-toned fruit, lavender, spice and gravel saturate the finish in this potent, brooding wine.
Based on 100% Cabernet, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Cemetery is a rich, full-bodied, powerful 2018 with loads of blueberry, blackberry, and black cherry fruits as well notes of scorched earth, chocolate, and leafy herbs. It's a big, concentrated wine, yet it also shows the elegance and purity that are the hallmarks of the 2018 vintage. Enjoy bottles any time over the coming 15-20 years.