The 2018 Napa Valley Vintage
More on the highly anticipated knockout 2018 vintage:
From Wine Spectator's 2018 Harvest Report (READ HERE):
"Napa Valley Wins with a Slow and Steady Year...this year delivered an ideal growing season, followed by a long, slow-paced harvest. Winemakers are excited by the potential quality of the young wines."
Jeb Dunnuck's thoughts from "Napa Valley 2018s" (READ HERE):
"Most importantly, 2018 is a great vintage filled with beautiful wines at all price points. You can find a huge number of terrific wines in this report under $100, as well as genuinely legendary wines that will rival anything out there. While 2018 checks in behind the benchmark vintages of 2013 and 2016, it is in the same ballpark as 2012, 2014, and 2015, all terrific vintages. 2018 is a vintage that will be prized by those who prefer a slightly more classic, elegant style of wine, and the vast majority will benefit from at least short-term cellaring and have lengthy drink windows."
Alex Yarrow at Vinography had this to say after tasting 300+ 2018 Cabs at Premier Napa Valley:
"Frankly, I can’t remember being this excited about a vintage in many a year. 2018 is a complete knockout, with phenomenal potential. To my palate, these are some of the best wines that Napa has seen in almost a decade. I felt particularly bullish about the 2013 and the 2016 vintages, but the 2018s have a finesse, an elegance and a silkiness of tannins that is unmatched in recent memory."
Winemakers fell in love with the 2018 vintage as well, a few thoughts below:
“This was one of those rather unusual vintages that was both abundant and delicious. The weather from veraison to picking was nothing less than perfect. There were no heat spikes, only even, moderate weather,”
"The 2018 vintage was a wonderful reminder of just how special and ideal a Harvest in Napa Valley can be. The near-perfect growing season started later than previous years and saw ideal weather conditions until the last fruit was resting safely under the watchful eyes of winemaking teams all over the Valley."