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2018 IL BARONE, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2018 IL BARONE, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the top vineyards throughout Napa Valley, and shows dense flavors of dark berries, baking spice, and powerful, structured tannins. 2018 Il Barone is an exceptional Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with excellent long-term aging potential.

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  • Jeb Dunnuck, (94 Points)

"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone is another terrific wine. Lots of smoked blueberries, scorched earth, cedar, caramelized currants, toasted spice, and chocolate give way to a full-bodied, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon that shows the more focused, firm style of the vintage yet still brings plenty of fruit and richness. Give bottles 3-4 years and it should age gracefully for 15-20 years.

• American Fine Wine Competition (93 Points)

• Wine Enthusiast Magazine (93 Points)

"Densely packed with flavor and rich in texture, this grand, reserve style of Cabernet is full bodied and layered. Black fruits, cedar, cinnamon and vanilla dance around smoky accents, while big tannins give it plenty of mouthfeel. Best from 2026–2036." - Jim Gordon

• Wine Spectator (92 Points)

"A lush, hyperripe style, showing warm plum sauce and blackberry paste flavors that roll through, with cocoa and licorice root on the broad finish. For fans of the powerful style. Drink now through 2029. 4,052 cases made. — JM"

• The Wine Independent (91 Points)

"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone is deep garnet-purple in color. It gallops out with expressive cassis, baked plums, and fruitcake scents, followed by hints of dried Provence herbs and crushed rocks. The full-bodied palate is chock full of bright black berry flavors, supported by a refreshing backbone and chewy tannins, finishing with a lively lift." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

94 Points-Jeb Dunnuck
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 29, 2018
Acid
6.1 g/L
pH
3.59
Aging
20 Months in 100% New Bordeaux French oak
Bottling Date
August 18, 2020
Residual Sugar
DRY
Alcohol %
14.9
Wine Spectator
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Enticing notes of black cherry, cassis, and dark chocolate with hints of savory spices, this full-bodied wine displays polished tannins and an elegantly balanced mouthfeel. Excellent now but can age well for over a decade.
Ratings
"A lush, hyperripe style, showing warm plum sauce and blackberry paste flavors that roll through, with cocoa and licorice root on the broad finish. For fans of the powerful style. Drink now through 2029. 4,052 cases made. — JM" - 92 Points, Wine Spectator
Vineyard Notes
A blend of the Castello's top high-end Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards from the best growing regions of Napa Valley. The majority of the fruit comes from the Rutherford AVA, a region famed for producing beautifully structured and complex Cabernet Sauvignon.
Production 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
Winemaker Notes
Il Barone is a very flavorful, elegant and structured red wine in the style of high-quality, very limited-production, fine Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the Napa Valley. Excellent long-term ageing potential.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with foods as bold as the wine, such as roast game meats, grass-fed steak, or grilled portabello mushrooms with reduced balsamic vinegar glaze.
Production
Limited Production
Other Notes
Il Barone is a very flavorful, elegant and structured red wine in the style of high-quality, very limited-production, fine Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the Napa Valley. Excellent long-term ageing potential.

Product Reviews

Jorge Alvestegui's Gravatar
Jorge Alvestegui
(Feb 20, 2023 at 2:21 PM)
The best of the best! I haven’t tried a better wine than this one! NEVER disappoints!! You have to get it !

Jerry Willis's Gravatar
Jerry Willis
(Feb 22, 2023 at 11:47 AM)
We tried this during a tour of the vineyard and had several bottles shipped home. This is an exquisite wine with bold flavors of dark berries and tannins. This has become our go to wine for celebratory occassions. It pairs very well with med rare beef and lamb.

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