2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Big Shot Vineyard

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Big Shot Vineyard


Deep garnet in color. Intense aromas of black plum, cedar and sage complement earth-driven flavors in this elegant vintage of Big Shot Cabernet. Supple tannins and juicy acidity make it accessible for early enjoyment, and the wine will continue to evolve in bottle. Ideal with steak au poivre and other red meat dishes.

AVA: Mendocino County                                                                                                  

400 cases| Alcohol: 14.9% | Aged 19 months in 25% new French Oak

750ml / 2018
  • 2018
    Ripe & Layered
  • AVA
    Mendocino County
  • Grape Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • ABV

Who is the “Big Shot” for whom this vineyard is affectionately named? That would be John Fetzer’s brother, Joe Fetzer, who was raised as a winegrower and is considered one of the pioneers in Mendocino County grape growing. Joe’s vineyard, located on a hillside overlooking Saracina Ranch, lives up to its name. Ruggedly terraced on a steep, southeast facing slope, it makes a bold statement. But Joe has a soft side, as does the vineyard, which avoids the intense late afternoon sun, and thus preserves the Bordeaux varietal character.

The harvest of 2018 was a winemaker’s dream, following replenishing, drought-ending rains and a long and even growing season. We harvested perfect grapes by hand on the morning of October 8 2018.

The grapes were destemmed into an open top fermenter, and native yeast fermentation began eight days later. We punched down by hand, and at dryness drained the free-run juice directly into French Taransaud barrels, one third of which were new. Native malolactic fermentation was complete by late February. The wine remained in barrel on fine lees for a total of 21 months and was bottled on August 2, 2019.

Pair this wine in warmer months with a thin sliced beef loin and arugula salad, and to warm your soul when there is a chill in the air, with lamb meatballs and tagliatelle.

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