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Crossbarn » 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Capturing the diversity and complexity of this famed region with layers of blackcurrant, boysenberry, and graphite.

Rich and luxurious, this deep ruby-colored wine displays a lovely purity of fruit, with aromas of blackcurrant and boysenberry leading to notes of blueberry and a touch of dried herbs on the palate. Finely grained tannins and a backbone of graphite balance the plush black fruits, creating a silky mouthfeel with a smooth yet powerful finish. Sourced from select vineyards across Napa Valley, this wine beautifully encapsulates the entirety of the appellation.

Check out our featured recipe:
Grilled Skirt Steak with Shiso Chimichurri

93pts, James Suckling (2017 vintage)
“This is a really excellent Crossbarn with beautiful currant and savory character. Hint of menthol. Full-bodied, round and flavorful. Yet, it’s not overdone. Ready to drink! Tastes like a Napa cab for double the price. Drink now or hold.”

Winemaking

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hand-harvested at night
  • 5 day cold soak, 24 day maceration
  • Native fermentation
  • Barrel aged 18 months
  • 16% new French oak
  • Minimal SO2 Additions
  • Bottled unfined

Napa Valley

By far the most famous appellation in California is the Napa Valley. Encompassing virtually all of Napa County as well as 16 distinct AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), this extensive valley system is home to the cradle of California’s viticultural history.

 

 

Napa Valley opens to the south where the climate is shaped by the maritime influences of the great San Pablo Bay. This regular influx of cool, damp air creates a meso-climate that is significantly different from that of the Northern reaches of the valley where the day’s heat can remain trapped and accumulates over the course of the summer growing season.

The other great influences on the climate of the valley are the mountains that frame its contours. With the Mayacamas Range separating Napa from Sonoma on the west and the Vaca range defining the valley’s eastern boundary there are many varied exposures, elevations, and soils here that have been deemed worthy of special attention.