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2018 Pocai Cabernet Sauvignon

Pocai Vineyard

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 are all found in this complex wine. This is a big, rich, and robust wine.

93 points, James Suckling
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SKU: BAL18CSPOC
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Calistoga-Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Pocai Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 1
Sugar
27.6
Acid
5.9 g/L
pH
3.72
Aging
22 months in 100% New French oak barrels
Alcohol %
15.3
Wine Advocate
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
Ratings
93 points, James Suckling 92 points, Wine Advocate 92 points, Jebb Dunnuck Gold Medal, American Fine Wine Competition
Awards
"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
Vineyard Notes
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.
Production
150 cases
Other Notes
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 1.5% Malbec, 0.5% Petite Sirah
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