2018 - Abel Cabernet Sauvignon


New release & w
inery exclusive.

Napa Valley’s wine history is deeply rooted in the California Gold Rush (1848–1855) and the prosperity-seeking pioneers who settled around San Francisco. One such pioneer was California gold miner, saloonkeeper and grape-grower, Abel McFarland. In 1872, McFarland purchased land north of Napa along the Silverado trail and planted vineyards.

During prohibition, the property exchanged hands several times until 1968 when it was sold to Harry See (of See’s Candy fame) who named it Silverado Vineyard and planted Cabernet. The vineyard is situated in the area now known as Stags Leap District, legendary for its Cabernet.

Ten years later, Silverado purchased the site and extraordinary vineyard – which is where we source the grapes for our SOLO Cabernet. Each year we select distinctive blocks of a special field selection from this same vineyard and create a one-of-a-kind, single-vineyard Cabernet in Abel’s honor.

Pair Abel with this Parmesan Portobello Fries recipe or Duck Confit with Lentils

Cheese pairing suggestion: Grana Padano

$90
Abel Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes Pronounced aromas of sour cherry and pomegranate and fresh red cherry flavors that coat the palate with a richness unique to Stags Leap District fruit. Accents of red plum, juicy pomegranate, and rose petals meld with sweet oak notes of clove and cocoa. Herbal nuances enhance the freshness. Medium-full bodied with lively energy and smooth tannins. Vintage Notes February saw abundant rains, with filtered light in spring and early summer. Bud break occurred late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating a plentiful, even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun and cooler marine influences, uninterrupted by major heat spikes. Extended fall sunshine and moderate heat allowed fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.
  • Varietal 100% Cabernet
  • Appellation Stags Leap District
  • Vineyard 100% Silverado Vineyard
  • Varietal October 17 and 22, 2018
    23.9° Brix
  • Skin Contact 22 days of skin contact
  • Oak Profile 18 months barrel age
    46% new oak
    New oak profile: 86% French, 14% Hungarian
    Overall oak profile: 94% French, 6% Hungarian
  • Analysis 14.2% Alcohol
    5.85 g/L TA
    3.50 pH
    0.03% Rs
  • Limited Production 661 cases
    Bottled August 2020
  • Aging Suggestions Very approachable in its youth.
    5-8 years peak; drink by 10-12 years
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