Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc

The fruit for this Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon comes from estate vineyards in the Sonoma and Russian River Valleys, as well as from growers in Sonoma County’s other top appellations, including Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. Each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine. All grapes are gently de-stemmed before coldsoaking for two days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is fermented in separate lots, allowing each lot to be individually and distinctly crafted before being aged in French oak barrels, 20% new. The wines are kept 18 months in barrel before final blending.

91 Points

The SOMM Journal

2018 vintage
93 Points

North Coast Wine Challenge

2018 vintage
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harvest note

A fairly mild spring and summer with few heat spikes allowed our 2018 harvest to begin right after Labor day, later than previous years. The consistent growing season and cooler temperatures allowed for slow ripening and deep flavor development resulting in exceptional quality fruit with remarkable balance and brightness.

tasting note

Lively and expressive, this Cabernet shows off layered aromatics and rich flavors. Dark red fruits, wild berries and black cherry notes are complemented with spicy accents of clove, licorice and a bit of ground espresso bean. The concentrated flavors and smooth tannins are balanced with a thread of acidity for a long, juicy finish.

technical data

GRAPES: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 18 months 100% French Oak; 20% New
FORMATS AVAILABLE: 375ml, 750ml, Kegs

points of distinction

  • A rich, full-bodied California Cabernet
  • Matured for 18 months in oak barrels for a complex flavor
  • Available in 375ml, March 2021; Available in kegs, February 2021
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“This is a rich and velvety Cabernet Sauvignon meant to be sipped slowly and enjoyed immensely.”

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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