From the Winery
For Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon, the winemaking process started by picking fruit at precisely the right moment. Often this meant waiting until ripeness–determined both by testing sugar levels as well as by assessing other aspects of phenological readiness–had reached an ideal point. Once in the cellar, we kept lots separated by vineyard. While the wine underwent extended maceration, we re-evaluated the progress of each lot before moving the wine to small French oak barrels (70% new oak, 30% seasoned) where it underwent a secondary fermentation. Our final blend came about after numerous blind tastings.
Color: Deep, dark brick red to blood plum
Aromas: A seamless blend of crème de cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves, a charry meat toastiness, dark fruits and blackberry pie along with suggestions of dark licorice, stewed rhubarb, strawberry, spice and vanillin.
Palate: Rich and satisfying with chocolate brownie, yogurt, molasses, brown sugar and rhubarb notes presented in perfect balance with higher-toned fruit emphasis.
Structure: The wine’s weight is first felt on the front of the palate but then coats the entire mouth with placating tannin and a light, pleasing grittiness. This weight, ideally counterpoised alongside the acid, leaves the mouth watering. Great persistence on the finish.
94 Points Tasting Panel – “Layered notes of leather, dark chocolate, espresso, and blackberry to this expressive, concentrated red. As the liquid washes across the palate, a patchwork of earth, dark fruit, and slate combines in the well-constructed body. ”
90 Points Antonio Galloni – “The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a bold, luscious Cabernet to drink now and over the next handful of years. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, spice, menthol and chocolate infuse the 2019 with tons of depth and textural intensity. This up-front Cabernet is opulent and flamboyant to the core. Readers looking for a value-priced Napa Valley Cabernet (in relative terms) done in an opulent style will certainly find plenty to like.”
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