2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – Thirty Eight Vineyard
Thirty Eight Vineyard . Jahant AVA
Our Thirty Eight Vineyard continues to be a favorite with our winemakers because of the consistent quality and robust fruit flavors. The 2018 vintage reflects the terroir with earthy tones and aromas of braised anise and dark fruit notes. After aging in Neutral French and American Oak for 18 months, the developed tannins created a rich mouthfeel that complement the wines dark berry compote and slight spicy flavors.
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Thick Surface Loam and Loam. Derivation Granite Rock.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY||Certified Sustainable|
|CLONE||07 & 08|
|HARVEST DATE||October 2nd, 2018|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||25°|
|AGING||Neutral French and American Oak, 18 Months|
|BOTTLE DATE||January 29, 2021|
Our Thirty Eight vineyard is located less than a mile from our winery and was one of the first Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards planted by the twins in the late 70’s. As one of our oldest vineyards, the yields are low, producing intense fruit flavors.
Weather is a key element of farming – it plays a crucial role in the health of our vines and winegrapes. Daily temperatures and rainfall come together to dictate the growing season, making each vintage distinctive. 2018 was a long and even season with moderate conditions and mild summer weather. This allowed the winegrapes to mature slowly with even ripening, pushing our start of harvest to August 6th, 10 days later than the previous two years. The overall moderate to cool harvest conditions were good for flavor development, but on October 3rd we endured rain showers. Luckily the following two weeks were dry and sunny helping finish the sugar accumulation in our mid to late ripening varietals. We ended harvest in November, one of the latest in recent memory, with particularly good quality and spectacular color in the red varietals and white varietals with sound flavor and acid development.
Jahant AVA – Located in the center of the Lodi AVA, the Jahant AVA is geographically the smallest of Lodi’s seven AVAs – a total size of 28,000 acres, with roughly 9,000 acres planted to vineyard. It sits on highly dissected river terraces and old floodplain deposits. The classic Mediterranean climate has Delta fog influence, and receives cold air drainage and entrapment within our vineyards.