Barrett and Barrett Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Napa Valley, California)

Barrett and Barrett Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
(Napa Valley, California)

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Winemaker Notes: 

Barrett & Barrett is a handcrafted, small production Napa Valley wine that reflects our two complementary winemaking styles. Bo’s expertise is in single appellation wines that highlight distinct vineyards, while Heidi excels at creating perfectly balanced, layered Cabs with an elegant, artistic style.

Wine Growing: We hand select small sections of the very best grapes from our Calistoga vineyards, vine by vine. With 20 years of experience growing Cab at this vineyard, we know the most unique and special areas, which have the lowest yields, tiny berries & stressed vines to create the super-selected wine we desire. Our winemaking in the vineyard comes down to our personal selection of each vine and is carried through to impeccable detail in the winemaking.

Looking back on the 2018 vintage - it was a beautiful and even idyllic growing season, blessedly free of the challenges of some other recent years - we've heard it described as "drama-free", which seems apt. We had a cooler start to the growing season, leading into a nice warm summer and optimum growing weather. Even during the hotter spells, the cool nights allowed for great flavors and structure to develop. We had healthy, normal crop levels and a slightly later harvest date (late Sept into October). Harvest was slow and steady, with excellent ripening weather throughout. The more leisurely pace allowed for very selective and precise harvest decisions, resulting in a wine we are extremely proud of!

Tasting Notes:
(tasted 11/6/21 by Heidi & Bo Barrett)
The 2018 Cab presents some sediment on opening. The wine is a deep inky garnet color, with enticing aromatics of black currant, ripe cherry, dark plums, licorice and spice, with a lifted floral note and nuances of French Oak. Across the palate, it’s smooth, velvety, and elegant, serving up tons of lush berry flavor with complexity, balance, and a long graceful finish. Tannins are soft and integrated, yet present enough to provide body and weight. Showy and already quite approachable as a young wine, it also has great structure that will allow it to evolve in the cellar over the next several decades. An excellent example of why the 2018 vintage is proving to be a favorite among critics and consumers – ripe & powerful but also stately and elegant, 2018 Barrett & Barrett Cab is a stunner across the board.

Ratings & Reviews:

94 points - Vinous Media (2017 Vintage)

"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as quite delicate in 2021. Bright red-toned fruit, spice, cedar and pipe tobacco all lend notable brightness. In most vintages, the Barrett & Barrett has been a pretty somber, muscular wine, but the 2017 is decidedly gracious to the point of being understated. It is a very pretty wine, but also quite atypical."