2018 Lincourt La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Ynez Valley
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Our La Cuesta Cabernet Sauvignon has rich aromatics of concentrated cassis, black olive and berries. The palate has a medium body and hints of graphite that are of reminiscent of Cabernets from Bordeaux. On the palate, there are notes of rich blackberry, plum, cassis with accents of espresso grounds, cranberry and charred cedar plank.
At Lincourt, we believe that a vibrant, living environment has a positive effect on the health of the vines and the character and quality of the wines. To ensure the vitality of our land and the authenticity of our wines, we use sustainable methods in all of our farming, winemaking and business practices.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this wine with a charred Portobello mushroom burger and sweet potato fries.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Ynez Valley
September 24 - November 2, 2018
18 months in French oak, 50% new
June 9, 2020
The 2018 vintage kicked off with an extremely unusual heat spike in February that sent the vines into a rapid, early start but was quickly followed by a cold spell. Frost events had longer duration than prior years and the season continued its cold to moderate temperature pattern through May. The first pop of real heat finally arrived mid-June and temperatures remained moderate the rest of the growing season allowing the grapes to gradually ripen. We started picking 3 weeks later than typical but the rich flavor profiles were worth the wait.
The grapes for our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from our recently planted La Cuesta vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. The combination of full sun exposure, low rainfall, long growing season, and porous soils makes the Santa Ynez Valley a great site for all the Bordeaux varieties.