2018 John's Promise
Blend Composition | 74% Cabernet Sauvignon
13% Sangiovese and 13% Merlot
Harvest Date | October 3, 5 and 17
Finished pH | 3.82
Finished TA | 5.9 g/L
Alcohol by volume | 14.4%
Production | 182 cases
The 2018 growing season got a relatively late start due to a cool and blessedly rainy spring. Summer temperatures remained moderate, with a brief and relatively mild heat spike at the end of July. Our harvest began 15 days later than in 2017, and proceeded at a slow and steady pace, affording us the luxury of picking at peak flavor development and relatively low Brix. Our last pick was on November 6, setting a record for our latest harvest. Yields were up relative to the last several years and the quality is outstanding.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Aglianico in this blend were harvested and fermented separately. After a brief cold soak, each lot fermented in 10-14 days. The wine was gently pressed off the skin to age in French oak barrels, 50% new barrels for the Cabernet and 16% new for the Aglianico.
Deep red to black with aromas that take flight the moment the bottle is opened, may well be the finest John's Promise to date. It is complex., concentrated, and intense. Black cherry, dark chocolate, and pomegranate flavors are supported by vanilla bean and toasty notes imparted by aging in oak barrels. The finish reveals blackberry, freshly roasted coffee and more rich chocolate, and seems to go on forever. This wine will evolve and develop with time but is perfectly approachable now.
Drinking window: Enjoy now through 2033
This wine is beautiful on its own. It would make a lovely partner to rich cheeses such as Cambozola, a Tuscan bean stew, or a standing rib roast.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker