93+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Juliet is composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, notes of pencil lead, cedar and tapenade waft over a core of crème de cassis, baked plums and mulberries. Medium to full-bodied with bags of bright, crunchy black fruits and a firm, grainy texture, it finishes with a refreshing lift. Rating: 93+
2018 was a dream growing season and harvest for Napa Valley. An abundance of rain in February was followed by continuous days of sunshine and mild temperatures that made for uniform vines and even cluster growth. Cooler temperatures allowed us to pick when we wanted, without stress and under optimal conditions. The gift from Mother Nature translated to wines that not only have great concentration but also an amazing freshness.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS: The 2018 Signature Series Juliet Cabernet Sauvignon is Atlas Peak through and through. The rugged vineyard sits above the fog line on the western slopes of the Vaca Mountains and stretches to 2,500 feet in elevation. Influenced by the mountains, temperatures here average 10 degrees cooler than in the Stags Leap District. The volcanic soil characterizes the uniqueness of this crafted wine with impressive texture and density and that is as lush in style.
ON THE NOSE: Boysenberries, kirsch, dark chocolates, blueberries, granular rock
ON THE PALATE: Savory blackberry fruit, maraschino cherry, fennel, graphite
BLEND: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot