What a beautiful vintage! Pocai Vineyard has a way of expressing a fruit-forward California wine but also brings large tannins that are integrated to create a powerful yet elegant wine. Black cherry, raspberry, red apple, and fig meet clove, slight olive, tobacco, earl grey tea, and chocolate mousse all found in this complex wine. This is a big, rich, and robust wine. Drink now through 2036.
"A red with lots of blue-fruit and tree-bark undertones, as well as hints of chocolate. It’s full-bodied with round tannins and a juicy finish. Bright and more linear than in the past with clarity. Drinkable now, but better in 2022." James Suckling
"Composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 1.5%
Malbec and 0.5% Petite Sirah, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Pocai Vineyard
is deep garnet-purple in color. It springs from the glass with vibrant cassis,
blackberry pie, dusty earth and menthol notes plus touches of violets and
dark chocolate. Full-bodied and concentrated in the mouth, the palate is
packed with muscular black fruits, supported by a rm, grainy texture and
just enough freshness, nishing long and layered." Lisa Perotti-Brown
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Pocai Vineyards is even better, ranking with the top wines at this price point. Deep purple, with a terrific nose of blue fruits, tobacco, spring flowers, and a touch of rocky minerality, it’s medium to full-bodied and has fine tannins as well as wonderful purity of fruit." Jeb Dunnuck
The Pocai Vineyard has been continuously farmed by our family for over 100 years, ever since Frank Ballentine’s great grandfather purchased it in 1906. Purchased with a pile of gold coins, Pocai Vineyard is located on the southern edge of the Calistoga Appellation. The soil is Bale gravelly loam, the rockiest soil of our three vineyards, the fertility of the soil is low, but the drainage is excellent and is perfect for growing powerful red grapes. Pocai Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon stands out year after year. Experience rich plum, blackberry, and eucalyptus with raspberry preserves and dark cocoa nibs with this inviting Cabernet. The tannins are big and robust with plenty of complexity on the palate to round out this beautiful single vineyard. A lingering finish rounds out the well-integrated structure.
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 1.5% Malbec, 0.5% Petite Sirah