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2018 Abela Vineyard Red Blend - Napa Valley bottle shot
Rutherford Ranch
Abela Vineyard

Red Blend

Napa Valley


  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Aging: 18 months in French and American Oak
  • Alcohol: 14.5
Olive Branch

Classic characteristics of black currants, ripe plums, violet, with a hint of dried herbs.This full-bodied wine has a robust structure and flavors of rich dark cherry, chocolate and cooking spices. 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec.

Vineyard Notes

2018 was a truly 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

Pair our Abela Vineyard Red Wine a delicious cheeseburger or slow-braised beef short ribs with a cheesy polenta.

Production Notes

Our Abela Red Wine represents a unique opportunity to experience a limited release Napa Valley red blend that is crafted from Estate-grown fruit. 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. For the 2016 vintage, we paired Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon to create an elegant and distinctive blend.