Moving to the 2018s the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Calarcadia Vineyard (previously released as just a Cabernet Sauvignon and not a vineyard designate) is pure magic and lovers of classic Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon should snatch up bottles. Showing the vintage's more elegant classic almost reserved style it reminds me of a great vintage of Pontet Canet with its deep black and blue fruits mineral chocolate tobacco and lead pencil aromas and flavors. Beautifully textured full-bodied concentrated and structured it's one for the ages. Hide bottles for a solid 7-8 years and it should keep for 30+ years or more.v
A powerful resonant wine the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Calarcadia Vineyard is every bit as impressive as it was last year. A whole range of floral and savory notes lend aromatic intensity. Today the 2018 is backward and brooding although time in the glass reveals a complex wine with a very bright future. Sage tobacco licorice menthol and dried herbs are laced throughout a core of dark plush fruit. The 2018 is stunning. That's all there is to it. (Drink between 2026-2038)
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Calarcadia Vineyard was aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months. Deep garnet-purple in color it features beautifully expressive notes of crème de cassis chocolate-covered cherries and baked plums with a fragrant earthy undercurrent and waft of tar. The palate is full-bodied and chock-full of densely laden black fruits supported by ripe grainy tannins and a lively backbone giving a long savory finish. 264 cases were made.