The 2018 Block 8 “The Boss” Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with violets, black fruit, graphite, crushed stone and tobacco. The wine is a blockbuster brimming with a voluptuous fullbodiedness, seamless texture and an everlasting finish. This is the highest elevation on the property, bordered by such luminaries as Harlan Estate and Futo Estate. It is already approachable but will reward collectors over the next 40 years.
HARVEST - 2018
The Napa Valley boasted “beautiful, steady conditions” for the 2018 growing season and harvest. Rain was abundant in February, and endless days of sunshine followed with the buds emerging from the dormant vines. Vines flowered uniformly, paving the way for even cluster development. Cabernet Sauvignon benefitted from warm days and cool nights, resulting in extended hang time. There were strong yields compared to 2017, along with complex flavors and excellent quality.
Winemakers: Philippe Melka & Maayan Koschitzky
Harvest date: 10/11/18
Vineyard: The Boss Vineyard, Oakville Estate
Varietal: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: Fermented lots individually in stainless steel tanks, average 4 days cold soak, 26 days on skins.
Aging: 26 months in French oak, 85% new, 15% 2-years old
T.A.: 7.0 g/L
Production: 111 cs.