Buehler Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
|California, Napa Valley
Situated in the mountains above Conn Valley and near the base of Howell Mountain, the Buehler Estate vineyards are planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon. The juxtaposed topography of steeply sloped hillsides with eastern exposures against very gently sloping hills with southern and southwestern exposures hints at the tumultuous geologic past of the Estate; extensive faulting resulted in at least three distinct soil types. Not surprisingly, grapes grown on the different soils give different characteristics to the finished wines; these differences are often as great as the differences between various Bordeaux varieties and allow us to blend within the variety of Cabernet Sauvignon to craft a truly multi-faceted Estate wine.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is ample, bold and creamy. Graphite, dried herbs, lavender, blackberry and mocha infuse the 2018 with striking layers of nuance. Medium in body yet full of flavor, the 2018 hits all the right notes.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and expressive notes of crushed blackberries, wild blueberries and cassis plus suggestions of bay leaves, clove oil and unsmoked cigars with a hint of cardamom. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled, the palate is chock-full of bright, crunchy black fruit with subtle, invigorating dried herbs accents and approachable, grainy tannins, finishing with a lively lift. Impressively priced for the quality here, it is drinking beautifully right now, and should cellar for a good 12 years+. Stock up!
Delivers an enticing beam of creamed plum and boysenberry fruit inlaid with warm anise and mocha hints, ending with an echo of sassafras as the fruit sails through. One for the hedonist crowd. Drink now through 2028. 2,800 cases made.
A step up, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate reveals loads of classic Cabernet herbal tones as well as plenty of darker currant fruits, notes of tobacco, chocolate, and earth, medium to full-bodied richness, and a round, supple, nicely textured mouthfeel that keeps you coming back to the glass. It's well done and ideal for enjoying over the coming 8-10 years.