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.

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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?


leather, earthy, mushroom

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, apricot, stone fruit

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

citrus, lemon, marmalade

cheese, cream, oil

grass, rhubarb, bell pepper

raisin, fig, prune

tropical, guava

violet, lavender, potpourri

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Vineyards at Plumpjack Winery
Located in Oakville, California's Napa Valley, PlumpJack Winery is renowned for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon wines crafted in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains. The estate spans 42 acres and boasts a diverse terroir, comprising well-drained hillside sites and fertile clays on the valley floor. This diversity is beautifully reflected in the collection of Cabernet Sauvignon wines offered by PlumpJack. In addition to their estate vineyards, PlumpJack sources fruit from trusted grower vineyards situated in Carneros, Rutherford, and Calistoga. This allows them to produce a delightful range of varietal wines, including Syrah, Merlot, and Chardonnay. PlumpJack Winery employs a variety of winemaking techniques to create their exceptional wines. The fermentation process takes place... Read More

Other Vintages:

  • WS 92
  • WA 91
  • JD 95
  • VIN 94
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal that is widely regarded as one of the world's most popular and highly valued wine grapes. This grape is grown in many regions around the world, including France, the United States, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. The wine made from this grape is known for its intense flavor, high tannin content, and longevity. Cabernet Sauvignon is a hybrid grape, the result of a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, which are both native to the Bordeaux region of France. The grape is known for its thick skin, which helps it to withstand harsh weather conditions, and its small berries, which contribute to its concentrated flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are typically harvested in the late fall, when the grapes have reached their optimal... Read More

Winemaker of Plumpjack Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2018

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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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... Read More

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