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Eisele Vineyard 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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WINEMAKERS NOTES

The 2018 winter received only a third of the previous year’s rainfall combined
with low temperatures in February, delaying the vegetative cycle. Generous
Spring rains arrived at the end of March a few days before budbreak, while
cool temperatures continued to slow down the growth of the canopy. This
allowed for extremely balanced vines with little need for intervention. Bloom
occurred on May 24th, one of the latest on record. The fruit set was generous
with beautifully full clusters. The ensuing Summer started warm and finished
mild, without extreme climatic demand, creating ideal ripening conditions.
Continuing amiable weather in August allowed a slow maturation of the fruit
with off-the-charts levels of color. The team was able to harvest the front blocks
(on both sides of Simmons Creek) at optimal ripeness between September 21st
and October 15th, the latest harvest in 7 years. There was little to no sorting
required in the cellar. Once in tank, excellent extractability resulted in a high
level of polymeric anthocyanin and moderate tannin levels, leading to balanced,
vibrant and refined young wines. The “elevage” conducted for 20 months in a
fair amount of lightly toasted new oak barrels with carefully selected grains and
origins, resulted in Cabernets with great finesse and a tight-knit structure that
developed magnificent amplitude and length during its first year in bottle.

99 Points LISA PERROTTI BROWN MW robertparker.com, November 2020
The very deep, purple-black colored 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from

100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It takes a fair amount of swirling to unlock an in-
credibly intense nose of dark chocolate, warm cassis, baked plums and Morel-
lo cherries plus touches of red roses, violets, pencil shavings, cinnamon stick

and dusty soil with a hint of iron ore. The full-bodied palate is so exquisitely el-
egant, charged with electric black and red fruits and a firm frame of super-ripe,

grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long and very perfumed. This
is pure energy in a glass! Drink 2024-2038. 99 POINTS

97 Points JAMES MOLESWORTH winespectator.com, March 2021
A benchmark for the vintage, thanks to its gorgeous display of warm cassis,

mulled plum and macerated blackberry fruit stitched with subtle loam, juni-
per and bay leaf accents, in a reserved style. Warm earth tones reverberate

through the lengthy finish, dovetailing perfectly with the suave fruit. A real
beauty. Best from 2023 through 2040. 97 POINTS

99 Points JAMES SUCKLING jamessuckling.com, January 2021
Blackberry, dried-blueberry, bitter-chocolate and some volcanic-ash and
burnt-orange aromas. Crushed stone and subtle vanilla notes, too. It’s
full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins framing a deep core of dark fruit. Dense,
muscular and firmly structured. So long. Goes on for minutes. Elegance with
power. Really love the beautiful refinement and integrity to this. Captures the
essence of the vintage. Try from 2025. 99 POINTS