Vine Hill Ranch VHR Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - 750ml

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98pts Vinous

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has filled out beautifully since I tasted it a year ago. Rich, sumptuous and enveloping, the 2018 captivates all the senses with its sensual personality. All the Vine Hill Ranch signatures come through so beautifully. The 2018 possesses tremendous intensity as it continues to open in the glass, revealing myriad shades of nuance. Black cherry, lavender, spice and chocolate all flesh out on a wine that balances the sumptuousness of the 2012 with some of the energy (but not the size) of the 2013. (AG)

98pts International Wine Report

The 2018 VHR Cabernet Sauvignon is simply spectacular in this vintage. As this slowly unwinds in the glass it gives way to striking aromatics of dark currants and blackberries which come together with fresh spring florals, exotic spices, graphite, crushed gravel and subtle hints of licorice that all emerge beautifully from the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied, polished and fine-tuned with excellent precision. It goes on to display remarkable overall balance, with a gorgeous core of beautiful fresh dark fruits, which are highlighted by a lovely touch of acidity adding a wonderful sense of freshness and vibrancy all the way through the long, graceful finish. While the 2018 is already showing flashes of brilliance at this early stage, there is no doubt that it is destined for an even brighter future ahead. 

Winery Notes

VHR 2018 In the wake of the challenging 2017 growing season, punctuated by heat spikes and a post-harvest wildfire that threatened the ranch, we were pleased to see 2018 return to the idyllic growing conditions more typical of the Napa Valley. The result is a Cabernet Sauvignon of tremendous depth and complexity from Vine Hill Ranch. Often compared with the exemplary 2016 growing season, the 2018 vintage is certain to be regarded as one of the finest in the history of the Napa Valley.

With roughly half of the average annual rainfall, low soil moisture and temperate growing conditions led to balanced canopy growth and crop set, ideal for the ripening of an impressive winegrape crop. Mild temperatures in August and September allowed for extended maturation in the vineyard. We selectively harvested fruit from blocks 1, 3, 4, and 6 to produce a wine of exceptional site expression, nuance, and character.

Our 2018 VHR, Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is structured and powerful, conveying cocoa, ripe blackberry, black cherry jam, and plum with aromatic spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and candied ginger on the nose. Its expansive and lush mouthfeel is framed by a seamless bond of fine-grain tannins, dark ripe fruit, and vibrant acidity. Beautiful and wonderfully complex, this VHR vintage is deep and opulent, harmoniously showcasing the attributes of the individual vineyard blocks—a balanced, persistent, and textural wine, distinctive to our family’s vineyard in Oakville. 

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