Durant & Booth Bourbon Barrel Aged Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
In 1897, Frederick Durant and Willis and Joseph Booth formed a partnership and took over the Oakville Mercantile & General Store at the Oakville Crossroads. By 1904, the sale of the store and the Victorian home was finalized and Durant and Joseph Booth moved in. Over the next several years, they transformed the destination into a grocery store for the Napa Valley. Today, the historic family home stands at the gateway of one of the unsurpassed wine regions of the world and the home is one of the finest homes from the era.
2018 was a near picture-perfect growing season that began in late February followed by a mild Spring yielding uniform grape clusters. Temperatures remained moderate to cool throughout the season with 2018 being considered one of the coolest vintages of the past decade. The cooler temperatures allowed for a longer hangtime resulting in an even and temperate harvest.
Harvested in the cool morning hours from valley floor vineyards across Napa Valley, the grapes were hand sorted and underwent extended maceration before aging in a combination of bourbon and American oak barrels. Bourbon barrels have a heavier toast which imparts a light smoky note on the nose and highlights the characteristics that are synonymous with the spirit. This 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark purple in the glass and opens with aromas of black cherry, blackberry and currants with notes of incense and a waft of smoked meat. Full-bodied, the textured palate is rich with flavors of brown sugar, sweet vanilla, baking spice and hints of toasted oak. Balanced with fine-grained tannins, the finish is savory and lingers.
VARIETALS: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
TA: 4.7 g/L
AGING: Combination of Bourbon and American oak barrels
2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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