2018 Sabina Estate Cabernet
Winemaker Tasting Notes
The 2018 Sabina Vineyards St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon displays a deep dark garnet color with enticing aromas of black fruits, cocoa and cassis. On the palate, flavors of Damson plum, blackberry, and black raspberry mingle in harmony with the muscular tanning structure finishing strong with notes of tobacco, cedar and cassis.
The textural aspect of this Cabernet Sauvignon is classic and age-worthy, and the wine possesses a velvety texture, refined tannins, pleasing opulence and a youthful finish. This is a classic from St. Helena that has been revised and updated for the modern palate, yet it shows the refinement and structure that have made such wines famous. While delicious when young, the wine will benefit from additional bottle aging for the next 15-20 years.
2018 was a nearly perfect vintage. Budbreak was delayed due to a very cool spring and the growing and ripening seasons were mild. It is the darkest, inkiest vintage in my memory, the result of an extremely long, cool ripening season with cold nights resulting in harvest being two weeks later than usual.