Plumpjack Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2018

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Vintage: 2018
  • WS 94
  • WA 99
  • JD 98
  • VIN 95
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Plumpjack Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2018 is a wine crafted with utmost patience and care by the renowned winemaker Aaron Miller at Plumpjack Winery. This vintage was marked by a cooler spring, resulting in a slower growth and delayed ripening of the grapes. However, this extended hang time allowed the flavors to develop at a leisurely pace, ultimately yielding exceptional results. The harvest was the latest in the winery’s history, with the final grapes being brought in on November 6th.

In the fermentation and élevage process, the Estate grapes underwent a cold soak before being fermented at a maximum temperature of 94 degrees. Following a maceration period of 7 to 12 days, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. A blend of 78% new French oak barrels from esteemed coopers such as Sylvain, Taransaud, Cavin, and Nadalie was used, adding complexity and aromatic layers to the wine. After aging for 20 months, the Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2018 was ready to be enjoyed.

The cooler vintage is reflected in the wine, allowing the red fruit characteristics to shine. The nose reveals enticing aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry, rose petal, anise, with hints of blueberry and blackberry in the background. The barrels contribute additional layers of vanilla, toffee, nutmeg, cardamom, and cedar. On the palate, the wine is silky upon entry, with a mouth-filling mid-palate and bold yet velvety tannins throughout. The finish is remarkably long, leaving a lasting impression of baker’s chocolate and espresso.

This exceptional wine has received critical acclaim, with Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awarding it an impressive 99 points. The review describes the wine’s deep garnet-purple color and praises its concentrated black fruit layers, floral nuances, and seamless freshness. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it 98 points, emphasizing the pure cassis flavors, balanced structure, and the wine’s potential to age gracefully for three decades. Wine Spectator recognized the warm plum, blackberry, and fig flavors, and Vinous hailed it as superb, highlighting its sumptuousness, boldness, and vibrant energy.

Plumpjack Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2018, with its exceptional qualities and critical acclaim, is a testament to the winemaking expertise of Aaron Miller and the dedication of Plumpjack Winery to producing outstanding wines.

Weight 3.5 lbs


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Critical Acclaim

WS 94

Wine Spectator

Delivers warm plum, blackberry and fig compote notes, which form the bulk of this wine, with alluring sweet bay leaf, tobacco and menthol hints throughout. Features a brushstroke of roasted alder on the finish, giving it a grounded feel despite the very heady fruit. Best from 2023 through 2037.
WA 99

Wine Advocate

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose needs a little coaxing before revealing a gorgeous melange of baked black cherries, boysenberries and warm cassis plus hints of mocha, black olives, smoked meats and lilacs with a waft of pencil shavings. The concentrated, hedonic black fruit layers expand in the full-bodied mouth, revealing beautiful floral and savory layers with a firm frame of firm, exquisitely ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length.
JD 98

Jeb Dunnuck

More pure crème de cassis, toasted spices, camphor, graphite, and a touch of acacia flowers emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which is a much smaller production cuvée from the estate's vineyard in Oakville. Full-bodied, brilliantly textured, and flawlessly balanced, it has ripe tannins, integrated acidity, and the vintage's more pure, elegant, seamless character front and center. It will probably merit a triple-digit rating in 5-6 years and keep for three decades in cold cellars. This is pure class.
VIN 95


The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is every bit the charmer it was last year. Sumptuous and bold, with bright acids, the 2018 is absolutely gorgeous. I especially admire the energy and vibrancy here. Black cherry, plum, spice and new leather build into the vivid, beautifully delineated finish. In a word: Superb.

What does Plumpjack Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2018 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, apricot, stone fruit

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, marmalade

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

grass, rhubarb, bell pepper

raisin, fig, prune

tropical, guava

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, potpourri

Food Pairing with Plumpjack Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2018

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Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Oakville, California, PlumpJack Winery stands as a beacon of excellence in Napa Valley's wine scene. Established in 1995 by Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty, this winery has become synonymous with exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon wines that reflect the rich terroir of the region. Location and Vineyards PlumpJack Winery's location is nothing short of idyllic. Situated in the heart of Oakville, it benefits from the favorable climate and soil conditions that make this part of Napa Valley world-famous for winemaking. The estate spans a sprawling 42 acres, offering a diverse range of terroirs. On one hand, there are well-drained hillside sites that provide the perfect conditions for growing premium grapes. On the other, fertile clays on...check our brand Plumpjack Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to simply as "Cabernet," is one of the world's most widely recognized and acclaimed red wine grape varieties. Renowned for its robust structure, alluring aromas, and complex flavors, Cabernet Sauvignon has captured the hearts of wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. This article delves into the essence of Cabernet Sauvignon, exploring its origins, the regions where it flourishes, and the unique sensory experiences it offers. What is Cabernet Sauvignon? Originating from a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century France, Cabernet Sauvignon has since become synonymous with quality and prestige in the wine world. The grape is known for its thick skin and hardy vine, making it resilient against...Please check Cabernet Sauvignon for more information

Winemaker of Plumpjack Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2018

Aaron Miller - winemaker at Plumpjack Winery

Aaron Miller

Aaron Miller is a distinguished winemaker renowned for his remarkable contributions to the world of viticulture. With a passion for crafting exquisite wines, Miller has left an indelible mark on various wineries throughout his illustrious career. From his early days at prestigious estates such as Groth Vineyards & Winery and Lewis Cellars to his groundbreaking work at Plumpjack Winery, Miller has consistently pushed the boundaries of winemaking. His talent and expertise have garnered acclaim, and his creations continue to captivate wine enthusiasts worldwide. Aaron Miller's journey as a winemaker has exemplified the artistry and innovation that define the world of fine wines.
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Oakville AVA wine region
The Oakville AVA(Amrican Viticultural Area) is a revered wine region located in Napa Valley, California. Known for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville has earned a reputation as a premier destination for wine enthusiasts. The region's ideal climate and diverse soil compositions contribute to the production of world-class wines. Oakville's wines are characterized by their bold and structured flavors, showcasing rich blackberry, cassis, and dark chocolate notes. Wineries in Oakville, such as Opus One, Screaming Eagle, and Silver Oak, consistently produce highly sought-after bottles that capture the essence... ...Check Region for more information

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