2018 Signature Mountain Blend
97 Points Int'l Wine Report
Our 2018 Signature Mountain Blend barrel aged in 90% New French and Hungarian Oak is once again a delectable representation of what our Estate Rockwell Ridge Vineyard (blended with Howell Mountain, Pritchard Hill, & Atlas Peak fruit) can produce. 60% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, and 1% Cabernet Franc, this limited case production is the closest wine in our program that could be called an “Estate wine” with most of the blend coming from our very own Rockwell Ridge estate vineyard (located 35 feet below the Howell Mountain AVA). Claimed by the critics as a “beautiful wine that “...explodes from the glass”, and dubbed by many over the years as “The Petrus of Napa Valley”, we are thrilled to get this wine from our Estate to yours. 188 cases produced.
2018 was an extraordinary year (the BEST vintage of the decade according to Ralph — see video below) — we had the most predictable weather conditions with no heat spikes which resulted in THE longest hangtime on the vines, like a slowly roasted marshmallow. After losing half of our fruit in 2017 to the wildfires, we were ecstatic that our 2018 harvest was truly our comeback vintage showcasing our volcanic terroir and signature winemaking style.