Indulge Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
This wine was Bill's indulgence in making yet another incredible Cabernet using our Napa (Left Bank) and Sonoma Mountain (Right Bank) fruit, compensated by a little touch of valley fruit.
This ample, full and refined wine opens with cedar, violet and floral aromas while the palate is full, rich and mouth-filling.
The wine has an attractively deep color with a garnet hue and an open, complex nose dominated by notes of cedar, violet and floral aromas.
Full on the palate it shows rich and mouth-filling opulence and attractive substance displaying an array of dark fruit, wild berry and blackcurrant flavors over close-knit, caressing tannins.
This is an elegant, full-bodied and lusty wine that is huge but does not project any heat of alcohol nor grip of tannin.
Only 750 cases produced. This natural wine is un-fined and unfiltered and no allergens were used in the winemaking process.
The 2018 Indulge is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (74%) compensated by an increase in Merlot (15%) which largely contributes to the soft, fruity aromatic expression. The additional components include Petit Verdot (5%), which brings its particularly fine-grained tannin and Cabernet Franc (5%) assisting the floral aspects of the aroma profile and the always-powerful Malbec (1%) completing the blend with its juicy contribution.
Of the Cabernet Sauvignon (74%) in this wine 44% comes from our mountain vineyards while 30% is grown in our Chalk Hill vineyard. The wine shows a purity of fruit demonstrating our methodology of no-adjustment in our winemaking.
Philosophically, every time you do something to "improve" the wine you risk adulterating its purity - so we simply don't.
The 2018 season was seamless with heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set.
Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions as the fruit developed flavor complexity, approaching maturity with gradual increases in sugar levels, reaching optimal balance of brix and pH levels at harvest.
Matured and aged in French Oak for 22 months, approximately 45% new, 45% one use and the balance neutral.