The 2018 Red Blend Reserve is composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec, 9% Petite Sirah and 3% Cabernet Franc coming from eight different vineyards (over half of which are in Rutherford). Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it rolls out of the glass with expressive scents of plum preserves, blackcurrant jelly and mulberries, plus hints of tobacco leaf, charcoal and cinnamon stick. The full-bodied palate has a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the generous black fruit preserves flavors, finishing on a savory note. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The 2018 Merlot Reserve Napa Valley is a blend of 89% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, coming from seven different vineyards across Napa Valley. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of blueberry compote, black cherry preserves and black raspberries with suggestions of menthol, spice cake and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is seductively plush and juicy and layered with plenty of freshness, finishing with a spicy kick. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville District Collection was aged in French oak, 47% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it charges out of the gate with bold notions of blackcurrant preserves, baked plums and blackberry pie with hints of mocha, black olives, bouquet garni and tar with a waft of Sichuan pepper. The full-bodied palate completely fills the mouth with decadent black fruit preserves flavors, framed by ripe, plush tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long with invigorating herbal sparks. 119 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve is composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, coming from more than 20 different sites, with 29% coming from estate vineyards in St. Helena and Rutherford. It was aged in French oak barrels, 37% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it rocks up with ready-for-business scents of blackcurrant pastilles, redcurrant jelly and Morello cherries with hints of dried Provence herbs, pencil shavings and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with crunchy black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and savory. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Stags Leap was aged in French oak, 53% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it offers up vibrant notes of crushed black and red currants, mulberries and fresh black cherries with hints of camphor, lavender, tobacco leaf and tapenade. Full-bodied, the palate delivers taut, muscular black fruits with a firm grainy frame and plenty of freshness, finishing with a minty kick. 191 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Diamond Mountain has a deep garnet-purple color and strides confidently out of the glass with classic cassis, cedar and plum preserves scents followed by hints of graphite, tilled soil and bay leaves plus a waft of woodsmoke. Full-bodied, concentrated and accented by loads of savory/earthy hints, it has a powerful core of dark fruit and a firm frame of rugged mountain tannins, finishing on a lingering smoked meats note. Give it a good 4–5 years in bottle for the tannins to settle down and drink it over the next 15+ years. 115 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga District Collection was aged in French oak, 42% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with notes of stewed black cherries, black plum preserves and warm cassis, plus hints of dried mint, garrigue, fertile loam and truffles with a touch of scorched earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has seriously lively, crunchy black fruits and loads of bright, herbal sparks on offer, framed by soft tannins and bold freshness, finishing on a compelling mineral note. 263 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot, the 2018 1 1/2 Acre Red is made from organic and biodynamically grown estate fruit. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it prances out of the glass with gregarious notions of kirsch, warm blackcurrants, red and black plums and rose oil, plus hints of chocolate box, cloves and unsmoked cigars. Full-bodied, rich and opulent, it has a gorgeous velvety texture and just enough freshness supporting the flamboyant fruit, finishing long and perfumed. Just 56 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Durant & Booth 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic, full-bodied Napa Valley Cab with juicy layers of dark fruit, black currant, dark chocolate, savoury herb and spicy, toasty oak flavours on the palate. Wine grapes for this vintage were sourced from several Napa vineyards in Calistoga, St. Helena and Rutherford. The wine was aged for 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels. Drink or hold. Pour with prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: venison burgers, prime rib roast, tourtière, gourmet burgers.
I always like this cuvée and the 2018 Tarot is no exception. It’s also a terrific value. Based on 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it has a great, perfumed nose of red and black fruits, toasted spices, dried herbs, and chocolate. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, silky, nicely balanced 2018 red blend that’s ideal for enjoying over the coming 7-8 years or so.