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Winemaker Tasting Notes

2018 Malk Family Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvginon

Stags Leap District of Napa Valley


Release Date: January 2022

The Malk 2018 Cabernet offers a quintessential Stags Leap cabernet, deep garnet-purple with intense concentration and a layered intensity.  Aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, dark raspberry, and black cherry give way to notes of cedar, dark chocolate and graphite.  The 2018 vintage provided a classic Napa growing season, with winter rains providing sufficient ground water resulting in healthy and balanced yields and moderate temperatures allowing the fruit to ripen evenly, late into the season.  This resulted in a cab that is fruit forward, with wonderfully balanced tannin and a depth and finesse that will provide the drinker pleasure for years to come.   

- Winemaker: Robbie Meyer
- Production: 240 cases
- Griffin Vineyard
- Stags Leap District of Napa Valley
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon    
- Harvested in September 2018
- Hand sorted
- 21 day maceration
- Native yeast and natural malolactic
- 22 months in French oak; 70% new
- Bottled in May 2020

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