2018 Acumen Mountainside Red Wine
60.8% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27.3% Merlot; 9.3% Petit Verdot; 2.6% Zinfandel; 1500 cases produced
This full-bodied wine starts with fragrant aromas of ripe blackberries, potpourri, freshly turned earth, and Chambord. On the palate, we find mouth-coating flavors of blueberries, Santa Rosa plums, and baking spices with a pleasant grip of ripe tannins coupled with notes of toffee, rhubarb compote, fresh sage, and cigar box on the long and pleasant finish.
2018 Vintage Notes
Dubbed a ”Winemaker’s Dream Vintage” the 2018 growing season in Napa saw cooler than average temperatures throughout spring/summer. With saturated grounds om winter rains, vines coming out of dormancy had plenty of water supply for healthy bud-breaks, which with the exception of a slightly delayed Sauvignon Blanc, occurred on time in late March/early April. Temperatures in May through August continued to be cooler than usual. This and the absence of any heat events during berry formation, coupled with the larger cluster sizes resulted in yields above average and the vintage will be remembered as a bumper crop.
"“As this wine is not at least 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, it cannot be labeled as such; however this is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remainder a blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Zinfandel. Bright ruby red/light purple; aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and lavender - very appealing! Medium-full with excellent ripeness - berry fruit, medium-weight tannins, good acidity, and subdued wood notes. This is nicely styled to enjoy tonight with a range of foods from duck breast to porterhouse steak or it can be layed away for 5-7 years. Excellent.” 92 Points - Tom Hyland
“Deep garnet, black color; black fruit, licorice, oak in the aroma, excellent depth and focus; medium to full-bodied, packed on the palate, medium to full tannins, fine structure; dry, medium acidity, very good balance; black fruit and licorice flavors, oak, anise; medium finish, firm aftertaste. 92 Points” -Wilfred Wong, Wine.com March 2021
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