2018 Riverbed Cabernet Sauvignon
70% New & 30% 1 year old French Oak
Fragrant notes of sweet black cherry, warm baking spices, and blackberry are balanced by notes of cedar. Rich flavors of ripe black cherry and dark chocolate with a hint of espresso, combine with blackberry to create a wine that is lush and fruit-forward yet balanced. The finish is lingering and silken, with hints of structure that will aid in aging. Enjoyable now and for many more years ahead.
With the 2018 harvest, we returned to a more normal schedule in Alexander Valley. Cooler temperatures and plentiful rainfall made way for a long, even growing season that fostered an exemplary fruit set, leading to higher yields. Smooth ripening provided the opportunity to dial in the palate profile, acidity, and ripeness of our individual blocks. Grapes for Riverbed Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced exclusively from our Lyon Vineyard, grown on Cortina Loam soil, which is derived from millions of years of gravel and sand alluvial deposits from the Russian River. This well-drained soil is ideal for growing our deeper red varietals, producing robust wines with delightfully concentrated flavor.
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec