Our 2018 Abela Red Wine represents a unique opportunity to experience a limited release Napa Valley red blend that is crafted from Estate-grown fruit. For this vintage, we paired Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot to create an elegant and distinctive blend.
- Appellation: Rutherford
- Aging: 18 months in French and American oak
- Alcohol: 14.5
- Blend:: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
The 2018 growing season, was truly an exceptional year for ripening grapes. Winter started out with very little rainfall, which made growers worry that it may be another year of drought. When March arrived, however, it brought along the much-needed rainfall that helped fill the root zone, water table and some reservoirs. The vines came out of winter dormancy and began the season with ample water and abundant sunshine.
Food Pairing Notes
The 2018 Abela Vineyard Red Blend opens with classic characteristics of black currant, ripe plum, and blackberries with a hint of dried violets enhanced by sweet oak aromas. On the palate, this rich and full-bodied wine is bursting with vibrant flavors of dark cherry, chocolate, and baking spices. This well-structured blend has a plush mouthfeel balanced by well-integrated tannins. Pair our Abela Vineyard Red Wine with savory steak tartar or a rich and creamy mushroom risotto.
While the Rutherford appellation is celebrated for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, we have meticulously selected and cultivated clones of several other red varietals that are ideally suited to the Estate’s terroir.