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The 2018 vintage is immediately recognizable for its palate coating texture - a familiar trademark of Ancien's Carneros Pinot Noir. In its youth is skews more to the spicy end of the spectrum with currants, orange spice and cocoa. The darker cherry and wild berry notes open with time in the glass and charactistic notes of anise. Subtle earth notes, hummus and truffles add interest as well as exotic hibiscus nuances. The wine finishes long and savory inviting the next sip. A versatile wine to pair at the table or to enjoy alone for its opulent andapproachable fruit.
Delightful aromatics are enhanced by a refreshingly mineral mouthfeel and lingering finish. A mélange of Asian pear and summer nectarine greet the nose, followed by subtler notes of fragrant white flowers, fresh Granny Smith apples, and tangerine zest. On the palate, citrus-kissed stone fruit complements star fruit and green apple leading to a lingering finish of peach and grapefruit. Pair this with grilled meats, seafood, pastas with olive oil or cream sauces, Asian cuisine...the combination of its rich mid-palate, smooth tannins, and acidic structure make this wine unusually versatile at the table.
The 2018 Red Blend O.P.C. races out of the glass with an exotic mélange of red cherry, raspberry, rose petals, cinnamon and blood orange. The tannins are potent, but there is just enough fruit to balance things out. Give it a few years to soften.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 20th Anniversary bottling displays a deep garnet-purple color and bold scents of crème de cassis, blackberry preserves and black cherry compote with fragrant wafts of underbrush, lavender, chocolate box and wild sage. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with bright, energetic black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long with loads of floral and mineral sparks.
Expect to find a dark purple color, intense black and blueberries, white pepper spice, violets, vanilla, toasty French oak, white chocolate, a broad mid palate with balanced acidity, depth of flavor, and a fleshy sexy round finish.
Stunning color in the glass, an electrifying nose showcases black currants, cassis, cigar box and red fruit. The palate is opulent, plush and structured with integrated sweet tannins showcasing notes of dark blackberry, black cherry, and bittersweet chocolate dance through an everlasting and strong finish.
The Black Label Cabernet has Coombsville’s dark, structured aromatics as its cornerstone, blended into the rich and refined style that is Covert’s hallmark. The team harvests by hand in the cool early mornings and sends the grapes through two rounds of rigorous sorting—first as whole clusters, then again as de-stemmed individual berries. After cold maceration, the fruit is fermented by naturally occurring wild yeasts for three to four weeks. Once this initial fermentation is complete, we gently crush the grapes with a vertical press directly into barrels for a secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine then spends 18-26 months in barrel, as needed for each vintage. We rack at most twice per year, and bottle without fining or filtration. By minimizing human intervention with the wine, it is aimed to amplify the voice of the terroir.
The 2018 Sage Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a graceful and agile wine with wonderfully wild aromatics and energy. The nose opens with a brambly thicket of berries, delicate licorice root and spicy, smoky spice.
A juicy mouthful of purple and red fruits centers the core, with gentle touches of sweet fennel, tobacco and minerals offering nuance and depth. Well-integrated tannins blend seamlessly with the fruit core, and finish with a final whisper of berries and anise.
The 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised of a small barrel selection of the finest fruit from our vineyard. Deep and brooding, the 2018 Estate will have a long life, evolving over time.
As the foundation of the Ellman line-up with an intense garnet hue, it overdelivers with notes of cassis, cigar box and Chinese Five Spice—replete with hints of fennel, whole black peppercorns, star anise, cloves and cinnamon. Walking the tightrope of finesse with extreme power, the palate gives way to generous flavors of blackberry, cassis, cola and nuanced notes of musk, porcini and hibiscus, which interplay with the stately framework. This is a wine that commands respect, and will continue to reveal itself overtime.
Focusing solely on the Ellman Estate vineyard, the perennial elegance of Jemma reigns supreme in the 2018 vintage. With a deep ruby hue, the 2018 Jemma gives way to a commingling of sweet and savory notes. Copious aromatics of freshly picked violets, cassis and black cherries emanate from the glass, with a soupçon of espresso, sassafras and dry-aged salumi. Effusive on the palate, it has a lush profile of a myriad of bramble fruits, like a billowing whiff from jostling a crate of blackberries, coupled with hints of cardamom, allspice and cacao. Muscular and weighty, the dark fruit character is precisely framed with focused yet velvety tannins and an enduring, lengthy finish. Aptly paired with a classic Beef Wellington or maitakes on the grill
The spring of 2018 was an exceptionally wet one with 20 days of rain in just the month of May. This helped limit fruit set and meant that the 2018 crop was much smaller than the massive 2017 Harvest.
After the very rainy spring things settled down, and the rest of the growing season was ideal. The lack of late season rains or heat spikes meant that we were able to harvest without any drama. The fruit quality in 2018 was excellent.