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2018 Andrew Cain Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Andrew Cain Cabernet Sauvignon

Andrew Cain
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
, Napa Valley

95 Points - Chris Sawyer "Sommelier to the Stars"

Dark crimson hue, and gracious from the moment it hits the glass.  Sultry aromas of ripe red fruits, fresh currants, cranberries and blueberry cobbler interlaced with hints of fresh earth, mint, allspice, and cigar box.  Flavors of ripe raspberry, dark cherry, blueberry and cassis enhanced with underlying hints of black trumpet mushroom, lavender, dried cherry, as well as oak-infused notes of mocha, cardamom and smoked cedar on the finish.  Elegant and complex, with a smooth, velvety texture, supple tannins.  Outstanding.

This wine very approachable now, and has plenty of depth, structure, and complexity to lay down for another 5-8 years.

Food pairings include hard cheeses, charcuterie, lamb sliders, risotto with wild mushrooms, pan-seared duck with cherry sauce, slow-roasted prime rib, chocolate truffle.

The 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet vintage belongs in an echelon with the finest of the past two decades.  In terms of weather, "slow" and "easy" were consistent descriptors for this vintage. This calm was met with open arms.  Absent of challenges that plagued many of the previous years.  Mother Nature allowed an easy walk through this vintage.  Everything came in like a parade.

VINTAGE:  2018
  100% Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARDS:  80% Oakville, 20% Mt. Veeder
AGING: 22 months in 30% New American and French Oak barrels
pH: 3.69
TA: 5.75 g/L
ALCOHOL:  14.2%

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