2018 Millennium MM Vyd Cabernet Sauvignon

RUTHERFORD, NAPA VALLEY
$115.00 per bottle   /   $97.75 club price
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This 2018 Millennium MM Vineyard is an elegant example of Cabernet Sauvignon. It begins on the nose, bursting with berries, plums, black olives, and a touch of roasted walnuts. Its balance and mid-palate are most notable, providing deep and unctuous tannins alongside its intense fruit character. On the palate, it delivers rich and sweet blue fruits, velvety tannins, toasted croissant, sage, and a dusty earth tone. The beautiful underlying tannin structure, complexity, and ample fruit will evolve over time and age gracefully for 15-20 years. 

WINEMAKER NOTES

Upon hand harvesting in the early morning hours, our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were carefully de-stemmed and sent to tank for a whole berry fermentation. The grapes were cold-soaked in tank at 45˚F for 4-7 days, allowing for increased color, aroma, and flavor extraction. After inoculation with a select yeast, the grape must (juice, skins, and seeds) fermented at 82˚F, which allowed for a hot extraction on the skins. For fermentation cap management, we pumped juice over the skins two times per day, wetting the cap evenly for a nice healthy fermentation. After fermentation and pressing, the wine was sent to 80% new French oak, 20% neutral French oak barrels, aging for 26 months. The final blend for the Millennium MM Vineyard is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

 

THE VINTAGE

The 2018 vintage was a near perfect growing season! Bud break began in late March to early April, leading to a Spring that was mild and dry. Flowering proved to be long and gave way to a healthy set of uniform grape clusters. Summer was also quite warm and long, leading to a cooling effect near the end of the season and into Fall. Throughout the vineyard growing season, there were no heat spikes, and the temperatures were steady and even-keel. The consistent summer weather encouraged our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to ripen in late mid-September to late October when they were in perfect balance.

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton 

Appellation: Rutherford, Millennium MM Vineyard 

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 14.8%