This single-vineyard bottling showcases the stellar fruit of Hewitt Vineyard on Napa Valley's Rutherford bench. We harvest each vineyard section separately, as it reaches full ripeness, and adjust our winemaking to its character. Partial fermentation in new French oak barrels integrates tannins and develops plush texture. A high percentage of new French oak barrels complements the intensity of dark-fruit flavors.
“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. It captures all the intensity of this site, but with a lighter hand and more acid-driven freshness than in the past, both of which work so well to balance things out. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, spice and licorice all build with time in the glass.” - Antonio Galloni, March 2021
“A big, solid red with blackcurrant, blackberry and hazelnut character. It’s structured and tightly wound with dense, creamy tannins that provide form and intensity. A little tight at the end. Give it two or three years to open a little more. Try in 2024.” - James Suckling, June 2021
Our 2018 Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon is structured, solid, and rich, with layers of depth and complexity. A deep crimson, cranberry red, shimmering color, with vibrant aromas and flavors of intense black cherry, black currant, blackberry, and pomegranate, invite you to sip, savor and indulge. All the fruit is supported by notes of hazelnut, crème brûlée, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and delicate Szechuan peppercorn, from the well-integrated oak character. Multi-layered and dense on the palate, you’ll find ripe, macerated dark berry fruits alongside perfumed violets, finishing with a mouthwatering freshness and a focused persistence. The finish is long, generous, and alluring, with chewy tannins, and just a hint of black licorice and graphite. Incredibly drinkable now but also age worthy, this is a wine that truly exemplifies both the personality of Hewitt Vineyard and the remarkable 2018 vintage. Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted to be cellar-worthy, however, if you can’t wait to enjoy a glass, we recommend decanting to allow the fullest expression to evolve and reveal itself within the glass.
The Napa Valley region enjoyed a stunning, near picture-perfect 2018 growing season including good winter rains, mild spring weather and steady temperatures throughout that allowed for even flowering and bud break. These ideal growing conditions were followed by a cool, even, and slow-paced harvest which allowed the winery to vinify wines at a gentle pace. The resulting 2018 Cabernets are of very high quality with plenty of concentrated flavors, color, and excellent acidity.
This outstanding vineyard site on the Western Rutherford Bench has yielded grapes for many celebrated Napa Valley wines, dating back to 1880. The current vines were planted in the well-drained alluvial soils from 1996 to 2002, and budded to Cabernet Sauvignon clones 4, 7 and 8, for flavor diversity and concentration. Hewitt Vineyard has the advantage of being near the Mayacamas Mountains for a slight sloping elevation, but not so close that the vines are shaded in the afternoon.
Trevor grew up in nearby Sonoma County, one of the wine hubs of Northern California. Wine was a staple at his family dinner table, and he enrolled in the Viticulture and Enology program at the University of California, Davis. After an internship at Sonoma-Cutrer in 2003 and two consecutive harvest internships making sparkling wine at Gloria Ferrer, Trevor joined Moon Mountain Vineyard, a small, well-regarded organic vineyard in Sonoma, shortly after his graduation from UC Davis. In March of 2010, Trevor joined the winemaking team at Hewitt Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards and was appointed senior winemaker in 2015.
"From a winemaking standpoint, we have access to some of the best fruit in Napa Valley, not just from our estate in Rutherford, but also from Carneros in the south all the way up to Calistoga in the north. Our job is to make sure that each wine is balanced, complex, exciting and representative of its terroir."
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