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Forman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 [750ml/6cs]

$164.99 x 6
(price per 750ml bottle) - sold in cases of 6 bottles
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Type:
Red Table Wine
Varietal:
Cabernet & Cabernet Blends
Vintage:
2018
Country:
California
Region:
Napa Valley
Sub Region:
Napa Valley
Winery:
Forman Vineyard
Bottles / case:
6
Unit:
750 ml

Viticulture, the driving force of quality in wine, is pursued without compromise in Ric Forman’s vineyards. His goal is to fully capture the best of his Saint Helena site’s terroir, and he put in the time, care, and attention to detail to make that happen. In the winery, Ric draws out the identity of each vineyard parcel by using equipment specifically designed for small-lot production. You can rest assured that in a survey of Napa Cabernet, Forman will highlight the best of a vintage.

Ric’s vineyards, founded in 1979, cover 28.5 acres in Saint Helena and 60 acres on the Rutherford Bench. The Saint Helena vineyards near the winery are divided into three parcels, each planted to the four Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. You’ll find a different soil type in each parcel. The enclosed vineyard below the winery is rooted in deep deposits of gravel and sand. The steeply-sloped plot directly above the winery is composed of hard volcanic rock (so impermeable that dynamite was used extensively to shatter the rock before planting). Further up the mountain sits a parcel made of pink gravel underlain with grey volcanic ash. These locations each contribute subtle differences to the wine. The vineyards are managed meticulously by hand – each vine is tended to no less than 16 times in a growing season.

Hand-harvested fruit from these parcels was processed within 30 minutes of picking: bunches were hand-sorted and gently de-stemmed, then transported (berries intact) to small temperature-controlled stainless steel fermenters. Following fermentation, the final blend of four varietals is decided. The wine was transferred to new French oak barrels as malolactic fermentation began, then cellared in caves ten floors below the fermenting cellars. In the deep, cool cellars, the wines literally age in the soils from which they grew. Over the course of 20 months, depending on the vintage, the wine was periodically racked, always barrel to barrel using air pressure. The finished wines were minimally fined.

“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best wines I have tasted from Ric Forman in a few years. The 2018 brings together all the best elements of Forman’s style, with an extra kick of texture and richness that gives the wine its arresting beauty. Succulent red and purplish berry fruit, spice, leather and cedar are some of the many notes that flesh out with a bit of time in the glass. The 2018 is so expressive today. I can’t wait to taste it from bottle. (2025-2043)”
(94-97) points, Antonio Galloni  vinous.com, Jan 2020

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