Relic 2018 Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon

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The 2018 Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon is the 14th vintage of this wine. It is sourced exclusively from Block 7 of the Kenefick Ranch vineyard in Calistoga. The wine begins with aromas of red currant, dark cherry, black plum, river stones, spicebox, and bourbon vanilla. There is immense power and length on the palate while maintaining great energy and dynamic, vivid flavors of dark fruits. The tannins are ultra-smooth and refined which give an air of supreme elegance to the long, extended finish.

Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Calistoga AVA
Vineyard: Kenefick Ranch Vineyard (block 7)
Aging: 21 months in French oak barrels, 100% new
Winemaker: Michael Hirby
Production: 258 cases

96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
"A bigger, richer wine, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Artefact Kenefick Block 7 offers layers of black and blue fruits supported by notes of chocolate, violets, and scorched earth. Coming from a single block in the Kenefick Ranch Vineyard outside of Calistoga, this full-bodied, concentrated 2018 has building tannins and a great finish, all pointing to a brilliant Napa Cabernet that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 20+ years." -JD, Jan/2021

95 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Artefact is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon coming from Calistoga. Deep garnet-purple in color, it bursts from the glass with pronounced notes of crème de cassis, plum preserves, wild blueberries and boysenberries with underlying suggestions of cedar chest, menthol, fallen leaves and dusty soil. The palate possesses bags of energy, offering a medium to full-body with layers of bright, bold black fruits and a firm, grainy texture, finishing long and mineral laced. 258 cases were made." -LPB, 11/5/20


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