2018 DuMol Napa Cabernet
2018 DuMol Napa Cabernet A lovely, 100% varietal wine aged 20 months in French oak, this is juicy, herbal and offers a substantial foundation of power. Cedar, tobacco and tomato leaf accent a core of crushed rock, dark plum and threads of acidity—the weight and structure lifted by underlying freshness. WE
The wine is beautifully textured and layered with an expansive, mouth-filling palate and broad enveloping tannins, but this richness never comes at the expense of detail or freshness. There’s an intriguing seamless complexity that one would expect from a blend of vineyards; each site complements the next, layering nuance on top of power, breadth alongside elegance. The wine has evident volcanic-soil, cool-climate markers: intense floral lift, fragrant bay laurel, and woodsy potpourri notes. But it’s the fruit core from the warmer up-valley vineyards that leads the charge: ripe, dark, plush, and chewy with an extended arc of flavor and a subtle opulent finish. Andy Smith.
Other wines that received such high praise of $200 to $400 a bottle. 2018 is a great vintage. Decanter Magazine hails the vintage as one of the finest in the last 25 years, everything was perfect. The Wine Spectator gave the vintage 99pts, the highest that have a given a Napa vintage all the way back to 1997. It makes sense that Andy Smith, DuMol’s Winemaker and a native of Scotland, would make great Cabernet. He started out working for the Great Cab Master Paul Hobbs in Napa and it was Hobbs who believed in his ability so much sponsored him to come live in the USA. The Wine Spectator proclaimed that DuMol has “mastered” Cabernet. Andy also spent 15 years making wine at the iconic Larkmead in Napa.
The result is the spectacular 2018 DuMol Napa Cabernet, selected from specific vineyard chosen by Andy from Oakville, Coombsville, St Helena and Spring Mountain adding depth and structure. This 98pt Cab stands toe to toe with the best as a fraction of the price and would be a key addition to your cellar. Our price is strong.