2018 Isthmus

2018 Isthmus

Dense and layered in texture, the palate shows ripe and juicy black fruit tannins woven into a monolith of structure.

A deep ruby tone in the glass, the wine displays notes of black fruits and cassis over an aromatic fabric of iron, clove, graphite, cedar and balsam. Dense and layered in texture, the palate shows ripe and juicy black fruit tannins woven into a monolith of structure. Through the richness, an integrated freshness and streak of minerality invigorates the wine towards a sustained and powerful finish.

An Isthmus for the ages, the wine is just at the tip of accessibility, but will continue to develop and reward those who cellar over the next twenty years.

For near term consumption, a decant will allow the wine to show its full depth. 

The 2018 winter was warmer and drier than average with only eight inches of rain. Fortunately, that pattern was reversed in March and April with an additional eight inches, normalizing vine vigor. Though spring and summer were the coolest we have seen in six years, the seasons aligned with average temperatures from the past twenty years. Continuing our transition to dry farming, we farmed 75% of our vineyards without a single irrigation. The gentle accumulation of heat through the summer led to an extended season, allowing the grapes to fully ripen with lots of phenolic complexity and maturation. Harvest began on August 30th and was completed on October 17th. Aside from rain showers at the beginning of October, the benevolent fall weather pattern allowed us to pick at optimal ripeness, yielding wines of elegant and precocious potential.

  • Blend: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
  • Production: 2,698 Cases
  • Appellation: Sonoma Valley
  • Vineyard: Hamel Family Ranch, Nuns Canyon
  • Harvest Dates: 9/6/18 – 10/17/18
  • Fermentation: 64% Stainless Steel Tanks, 31% Concrete Tanks, 5% Neutral French Oak Tanks
  • Aging: 12 months in 74% Neutral French Oak Barrels, 26% New French Oak Barrels followed by 17 months in 100% Concrete Tanks
  • Bottling Date: 6/3/20
  • Alcohol: 14.5%