2018 Lancaster Estate Sophia's Hillside Cuvée, Alexander Valley
Our 2018 Sophia’s Hillside Cuvée is composed of our young hillside blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit from these estate vineyard blocks meld together to create a perfectly balanced, intense wine. It has the fruit-forward youthfulness and freshness of the young Cabernet Sauvignon that is softened and balanced by the French oak aging. Inviting aromas of black cherry, blueberry and plum entice your senses. The palate displays bright fruit flavors with hints of dark cocoa and subtle savory undertones. Lush, velvety tannins linger on the finish and make this a wine that will age well for years to come.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine was aged sur lie for 18 months in 100% French oak from the Nevers and Allier forests in central France. We chose barrels from several coopers including Taransaud, Demptos, Saury and Bel Air. 30% of the barrels were new and all were coopered using a combination of Medium Plus, Medium Long and Heavy toast levels to provide better integration and balance.
The Alexander Valley experienced another ideal growing season in 2018. The long season provided moderate temperatures for the grapes to ripen at the optimal speed. The result is an incredible vintage marked by clean, outstanding fruit characteristics with balanced acidity and sugar levels.