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AUSTIN HOPE Cabernet Sauvignon - 2018

AUSTIN HOPE Cabernet Sauvignon - 2018

Regular price $38.00
The  2018  growing  season  gave  us  near-normal  rainfall  and  mild  conditions  through  spring  with  only  a  few  weeks  of  exception.  July  brought  a  short  period  of  very  warm  weather  that  slowed  vine  growth  and  berry  sizing.  Fortunately,  moderate  weather  for  the remainder of the growing season enabled vines to thrive. Leading up to harvest, the vines slow berry maturity was ideal for “hang time” resulting in predicted yields, high fruit quality with amazing color and structure.

After harvesting the grapes, select vineyard lots were fermented individually in stainless-steel tanks for 10-14 days. Extended macerations and carefully managed pump overs enhanced  the  extraction  of  color  and  tannin.  The  lots  were  aged  separately  for  11  months  in  a  combination  of  10%  new,  25%  once  used,  and  65%  two  to  three  times  used  French  Oak.  Through  a  combination  of  tasting  and  analytics  our  best  lots  were  determined  and  the  initial  blend  was  assembled  in  late  summer  of  2019.  As  a  whole,  this blend was aged an additional three months in 75% new and 25% once used French Oak. The wine was racked just twice during its cellar life, with the fi nal racking occurring just prior to bottling.

"Deep  ruby  in  color,  the  2018  Austin  Hope  Cabernet  Sauvignon  expresses  aromas  of  fresh black currants and cherries accompanied by subtle smoky notes and dried spices. On  the  palate,  this  lavish  powerful  wine  is  layered  with  juicy  blackberry,  ripe  cherry,  vanilla bean and brown butter. It’s full-bodied and rich, balanced by a touch of bright acidity and firm polished tannins. Myself and everyone in the shop who's tasted the 2018 so far have all agreed that this vintage is definitely something special. I recommend two cases of this one folks. One to drink now and one to tuck away in your cellar!"

Grady Pope