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Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Vintage: 2018
  • WS 90
  • WE 92
  • WIL 93
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The 2018 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon by Odette Estate Winery, under the expert guidance of Winemaker Jeff Owens, is a remarkable testament to the prowess of Napa Valley winemaking. This vintage is a harmonious blend, primarily composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, complemented by 18% Merlot and 2% Petite Sirah, a testament to the versatility and richness of the region.

Upon observation, the Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon reveals an opaque purple hue, mirroring the depth and intensity of its flavors. The aroma is a lavish bouquet, brimming with wild blackberries, Luxardo cherries, and plums, intertwined with crame de cassis. This olfactory delight is further enhanced by the subtle presence of fresh spring flowers, creating a multifaceted and inviting nose.

The palate of the Adaptation Cabernet is a full-bodied experience, showcasing a beautiful ripeness that is both elegant and profound. The very fine and well-integrated tannins are a hallmark of Jeff Owens’s winemaking style, contributing to the wine’s gorgeous silky texture. The Adaptation by Odette Cabernet Sauvignon is not just a sensory delight but also a wine built for both immediate appreciation and long-term potential. Its forward, upfront, and approachable style ensures enjoyment over the next decade.

The backbone of this blend originates from the Ink Grade, near Howell Mountain, known for providing structure and depth. The blend is further enhanced by contributions from Oso Vineyard, the Estate Vineyard in Stags Leap District, Blue Tooth Vineyard in Oak Knoll, and Las Amigas Vineyard in Carneros. These diverse sites unify to express the quintessential traits of Cabernet Sauvignon in an approachable, elegant style. The 2018 vintage was characterized by steady moderate temperatures, leading to a healthy, balanced yield. The extended harvesting period, spanning four weeks, commenced in late September, allowing the grapes to develop complex flavors.

The fermentation process, carried out in stainless-steel fermenters after a 48-hour cold soak, accentuates the purity and freshness of the fruit. With a maceration period lasting 8″14 days and malolactic fermentation in the barrel, the wine’s character is further refined. Aging for 18 months in a mix of new and one-fill oak barrels, the Odette Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits minimal racking, preserving its nuanced flavors.

The Adaptation by Odette Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 has garnered acclaim from critics, reflecting its quality and appeal. Awarded 90 points by Wine Spectator, it is praised for its intense boysenberry, blackberry, and plum compote flavors, framed by notes of ganache and roasted vanilla. Wine Enthusiast awards it 92 points, highlighting its soft, integrated full-bodied core of cassis, dark cherry, cedar, and clove. Wilfred Wong, with a rating of 93 points, admires its combination of power and style, with prominent aromas and flavors of black fruit, spice, and oak.

In conclusion, the Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a distinguished wine that embodies the essence of Napa Valley’s terroir. Its complexity, elegance, and approachability make it a must-try for wine enthusiasts. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future savoring, the Odette Adaptation Cabernet is a testament to the art of winemaking in one of the world’s most renowned wine regions.

23 reviews for Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

  1. Michael Jump

    Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon’s oak and blackberry notes are spot on. Lush dark fruit and a hint of vanilla make it a delight!

  2. Pamela Morey

    This Adaptation Cabernet is a symphony of flavors. Cherry, plum, and a hint of chocolate make it a treat. It’s bold and structured, just like I like it.

  3. David Mcvey

    The Adaptation by Odette was a pleasant surprise. Rich in black cherry and red fruit notes, its earthy undertones really shone through.

  4. David Jorgensen

    Odette Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a full-bodied wine. It’s bursting with blueberry and tobacco notes, with a hint of raspberry that’s just perfect.

  5. William Hooper

    I got free shipping on 12 bottles of the Adaptation by Odette Cabernet Sauvignon. Each sip was a burst of cocoa, pepper, and the ever-present taste of black fruit.

  6. Frank Lyle

    The winemaker Jeff Owens really outdid himself with the Ava Napa Valley. The licorice and smoke notes in this Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon were a delightful surprise.

  7. Todd Petty

    This Odette Estate Winery creation is sublime. The mocha, blackcurrant, and strawberry notes of the Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon were beautifully balanced.

  8. Kimberly Forrest

    The Adaptation Cabernet from the Odette Estate Winery is a treat. Its cedar, cassis, and pomegranate notes make it the perfect food pairing.

  9. Antonio Gaughan

    The Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon feels like a dream. Coffee, cream, and cranberry notes blend perfectly with the strong backbone of oak. It’s truly a full-bodied wine.

  10. Henry Perkins

    The Odette Adaptation Cabernet is a joy to savor. Its hints of anise, milk chocolate, and red cherry make it a standout. Plus, the espresso finish is just divine.

  11. Lisa Matthews

    Just had the Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon and I’m in awe. The dominant oak and blackberry notes are complimented by a hint of vanilla. A full-bodied wine that’s truly delightful.

  12. Anthony Davis

    Adaptation Cabernet is a treat for the senses. The dark fruit and plum undertones are intoxicating. The cherry and chocolate notes make it a perfect food pairing wine.

  13. William Collins

    Adaptation by Odette is a revelation. The flavors of black cherry and red fruit are balanced perfectly by the earthy tobacco finish. An excellent companion for a hearty meal.

  14. Evelina Currie

    Tried the Adaptation by Odette Cabernet Sauvignon – what a wine! The raspberry notes coupled with a hint of cocoa and pepper make for a bold and structured delight.

  15. Thelma Rugg

    Odette Adaptation Cabernet is a journey of flavors. The black fruit and licorice notes are perfectly balanced by the subtle smoke and mocha undertones. A must-try for any wine enthusiast.

  16. Cynthia Brown

    The Ava Napa Valley wine, Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon, is a sensory delight. The blackcurrant and strawberry notes paired with the aroma of cedar is absolutely amazing.

  17. Stephanie Guerin

    I was impressed by the Adaptation Cabernet from Odette Estate Winery. The dominant flavors of cassis and pomegranate are enhanced by a subtle coffee and cream aftertaste.

  18. Fred Cole

    Just got free shipping on 12 bottles of the Odette Adaptation! The cranberry and anise notes are a perfect balance to the bold, full-bodied wine. The hints of milk chocolate is a pleasant surprise.

  19. Beulah Jones

    Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon by winemaker Jeff Owens is a masterpiece. The red cherry and espresso flavors make it a perfect wine for any occasion.

  20. Deborah Livermore

    The Adaptation by Odette is a fantastic wine. The earthy notes combined with a hint of tobacco provides an unforgettable tasting experience. The wine is bold and structured, just the way I like it.

  21. Krystal Charles

    The Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon is a symphony of flavors! The robust oak and blackberry notes are perfectly balanced with a hint of vanilla. It’s like a comforting, earthy hug in a glass.

  22. Seth Flowers

    Adaptation by Odette Cabernet Sauvignon is a delightful experience. The rich, dark fruit and chocolate undertones pair wonderfully with hearty meals. Plus, I got free shipping on 12 bottles!

  23. Gerald Bright

    The Odette Adaptation Cabernet is a full-bodied wine with a bold and structured profile. It’s packed with cherry and plum notes, with a subtle hint of leather that adds complexity. Definitely a must-try!

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Who makes adaptation wine?

Adaptation from Napa Valley, a key part of the PlumpJack Collection by Odette Estate, has been a prominent offering for more than ten years.

What is adaptation wine?

The 2018 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon features a deep, opaque purple hue, unveiling aromas of wild blackberries, luxardo cherries, and plums, complemented by crème de cassis and subtle spring flower nuances. This robust wine showcases a beautifully ripe profile, characterized by elegantly fine, seamlessly integrated tannins and a sumptuously silky texture.

Critical Acclaim

WS 90
Wine Spectator
Intense, with boysenberry, blackberry and plum compote flavors gliding through. Framed by ganache and roasted vanilla notes and backed by a licorice-coated finish. For fans of the style. Drink now through 2025. 25,000 cases made.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
This is sourced from a range of sites across the valley and blended with 18% Merlot and 2% Petite Sirah, designed to be enjoyed in its youth. Sweet oak supports a soft, integrated and full-bodied core of cassis, dark cherry, cedar and clove, with a moderate grip of oak and tannin.
WIL 93
Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon masterfully combines power and style. TASTING NOTES: This wine shines with aromas and flavors of black fruit, spice, and oak. Enjoy it with grilled flank steak tacos. (Tasted: October 5, 2021, San Francisco, CA)

What does Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, cocoa

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, red fruit, raspberry

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, vanilla, chocolate

apricot, green apple, peach

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, anise

Citrus notes found in the wine

marmalade, orange

cream, cheese

Vegetal notes found in the wine

rhubarb, bell pepper, arugula

fig, prune, raisin


Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender

Food Pairing with Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Jeff Owens

Jeff Owens, a name synonymous with innovation and excellence in winemaking, has made a significant impact at Odette Estate as their lead winemaker. His expertise and forward-thinking approach have been pivotal in elevating the reputation of Odette wines, particularly the Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon. Owens, through his consulting firm, Jeff Owens Wine Consulting, has become a respected figure in the industry, known for blending traditional winemaking techniques with modern technology. At the heart of Owens' philosophy is a commitment to using advanced technology to enhance the quality of the wines. He has been a driving force in incorporating state-of-the-art equipment at Odette Estate, part of the PlumpJack Group, to ensure that each bottle of wine achieves its highest potential. His... More Products
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