Winter ReleaseBallard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2018

Winemaker’s Notes

There are few wines that, upon opening, immediately transport you to the vineyard itself, but our new Ballard Cabernet release is completely evocative of its forested mountaintop origins. When I take in the wine’s incredibly intense aromatics, I feel like I’m standing in the vineyard, rooted in dark red volcanic soils and surrounded by chaparral and redwoods. This is the highest calling for any wine – the unadorned, purest expression of site – and there are few vineyards more captivating than Ballard. Organically farmed, its steep hillsides produce tiny grapes that are filled with power, detail and a myriad of subtle nuances that, when combined, offer something magical and totally unique. 

Its aromatics are pure, deep and intense: plum, blackberry and cassis with complex elements of cedar, oregano and bay leaf, and a delicate, lingering note of lilac. The palate is immediately dense, deep and powerful with ripe, layered black fruits. Remarkably poised and elegant for such a rich, powerful mountain-grown wine, all its elements are precise and integrated, flowing in unison. The wine finishes with harmonious plum sweetness and broad, velvety tannins, and a rising note of perfumed anise. 

Decant this wine for an hour before serving, and drink between mid-2021 and 2030.

Andy Smith


Ballard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  - DuMOL

Vineyard

Harvest Date

October 9th

Appellation

spring mountain district – napa valley

Clones

4 & 337

Age of Vines at Harvest

16 years

Barrel Aging

20 months in 57% new French oak barrels from Tonnellerie Sylvain

Production

162 cases of 750mL
4 cases of 1.5L
3 bottles of 3L

Press

(93-96) points Vinous Media, January 2020