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2018 BUTALA VINEYARD, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2018 BUTALA VINEYARD, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Our Limited Edition, single-vineyard 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Butala Vineyard, located in the legendary Coombsville AVA of Napa Valley. An exceptional Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with excellent long-term aging potential. This estate vineyard has very rocky, red volcanic soils and steep hillside slopes. These wines produced a small crop of highly concentrated & structured fruit. Highlighted by flavors of earthy chocolate, black currant & with blackberry aromas.

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ACCOLADES

• Jeb Dunnuck (96 Points)

"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Butala Vineyard comes from the cooler Coombsville region of the valley and is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. As always with wines from this region, it shines for its purity and elegance, with pretty notes of cassis and blue fruits, violets, spring flowers, and green tobacco. Showing classic lead pencil and cedar with time in the glass, this beauty is medium to full-bodied and has a pure, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Those who love the more finesse-driven, seamless side to Napa will love this."

• Antonio Galloni, Vinous (95 Points)

This is another strong wine in this range. Inky red fruit, blood orange, mint, rose petal and cedar race out of the glass. Opulent and yet bright, with terrific energy, the Butala has a ton to offer in the classic Castello di Amorosa style that is all about exuberance."

• JamesSuckling.com (93 Points)

"Blackcurrant, dried blueberry, crushed walnut and praline on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, integrated tannins. So flavorful, fresh and chewy all at once. Drink or hold."

• The Wine Independent (93 Points)

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Butala Vineyard has 7% Merlot in the blend. Deep garnet-purple in color, it comes barreling out with bold notes of plum preserves, boysenberries, and blackcurrant jelly, followed by touches of bay leaves and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is savory and chewy with earthy nuances on the finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

*96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck*
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot
Appellation
Coombsville, Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Butala Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 22, 2018
Acid
6.9 g/L
pH
3.6
Aging
20 Months in Bordeaux French Oak, 100% New Oak
Bottling Date
August 4, 2020
Residual Sugar
DRY
Alcohol %
14.9
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The wine displays purity and elegance, with pretty notes of cassis and blue fruits, violets, spring flowers, and green tobacco.
Ratings
96 Points Jeb Dunnuck
Awards
95 Points Vinous Media
Vineyard Notes
Located in the legendary Coombsville AVA of the Napa Valley. This estate vineyard has a very rocky, red volcanic soils and steep hillside slopes. It was planted to several rootstocks and a clonal selection of Cabernet Sauvignon with one block of Merlot. These wines produced a small crop of highly concentrated fruit.
Winemaker Notes
Winter provided a record-breaking rainfall - a welcome end to the 4-years of drought. Bloom and fruit set in May occurred under ideal conditions. Summer was warm but the vines weathered the heat well and maturity moved along at a steady pace. A short but intense heat wave during the first part of September brought brix levels up dramatically and winemakers waited for the pH, acids, flavor and color development in the grapes to catch up to sugar accumulation. The 2018 wine quality shows a lot of bright acidity and fresh varietal aromas in the white wines, and deep color, sweet fruit flavors. Looking like it will be another classic year! - Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Food Pairing Notes
Ideal to pair with filet mignon or beef short ribs
Production
Limited Production
Other Notes
6 Bottle Limit

Product Reviews

Preston Becker's Gravatar
Preston Becker
(Oct 31, 2022 at 3:59 PM)
Most exclusive wine they have. Wow. I’m blown away. I’ve never had wine this good!

Stephanie McQueen's Gravatar
Stephanie McQueen
(Nov 2, 2022 at 4:02 AM)
If I could give this more stars, I would!! AMAZING Cabernet—I’m confident it’s the best I’ll ever have.

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Adrian Oropeza
(Dec 12, 2022 at 1:20 PM)
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