2018 Venge Bone Ash Vineyard Cabernet
2018 Venge Bone Ash Vineyard Cabernet The 2018 vintage is simply spectacular. This wine begins with wonderful purple color and aromatics that speak in the blue fruit spectrum. Black and blue berries, jelly jar and jammy notes fill the senses. As this wine opens up, the background notes of French Oak vanillin and earth come forth. This is true Cabernet expression. Great fruit, mid-palate, body and streaming length; it’s all in there! The palate is polished and sophisticated. Cranberry, black
currant, blackberry and black cherry are all intertwined. The acid and tannin balance is promising. This wine will drink its best from 2021 through 2035. Kirk Venge
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Bone Ash Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color, bursting from the glass with notes of stewed plums, ripe black currants and blackberry preserves, followed by suggestions of bay leaves, pencil shavings, garrigue and Ceylon tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers rich, powerful black fruit flavors, beautifully juxtaposed by compelling freshness and a firm, grainy texture, finishing long with an energetic herbal lift. 96pts Parker’s WA
Making Great Napa Cab For Fifty Years!
This is one of the hottest Cult Cabs in Napa. Many consider it to be the finest Cabs from the North end of Napa. We saw no wine in the 2017 vintage and we have been very lucky to offer a tiny amount in the 2018 vintage. The wine is as good as Valley floor Cab gets. I had dinner with Kirk Venge and we tasted this great wine in 5 vintages and each vintage is absolutely breath taking. The wine has scores 95pts plus by Parker in all superior vintages from Napa 2010 and 2012, ‘13, ‘14, ‘15 and 2016.
The next great vintage for the wine and Napa is the 2018 Venge Vineyards Cabernet Bone Ash Vineyard and it has out-performed getting 96pts by Parker’s Wa and 96pts by Jeb Dunnuck and it is spectacular Napa Cab. Father and son Nils and Kirk Venge are also part of the fabric that makes Napa Cabernet so great. They are making some of the greatest Cabs in Napa today and it makes sense why. Nils Venge was the first winemaker to ever get a 100 point score by Robert Parker for a Napa Cabernet, the 1985 Groth Cabernet Reserve. The Venge family has farmed wine grapes for almost half a century. Bone Ash is a 12 acre vineyard in Calistoga and makes what many consider to be the greatest Cab from the North end of Napa. The vineyard is dry farmed and with 30+ year old vines roots are established very deep which allows the use of minimal irrigation. Root depth makes for wines with excellent flavor, body and overall complexity.
2018 is a superb in Napa and Kirk Venge loved the vintage and I am going to let the man in his words tell you why, “Friends, I have been in the winegrowing business since as long as I can remember. I am now at the age of 44 years and I can count on both hands the number of times I have coined a vintage as “great,” meaning, that the vintage is of an extent, amount, or intensity above average. When considering greatness of vintages, and I mean this purely from what happened within the vineyard, vintages such as, 1987, 1990, 1997, 1999, 2007, and 2012, all come to mind. The common thread in all of these vintages was consistency throughout the growing season that led to near perfect, and above average, crop sets in Bordeaux varieties. And, now we can include vintage 2018 as one of the greats!”
I am a huge fan of the Venge’s and their great wines and Bone Ash is their greatest wine. Again very hard to get and will sell out fast. A great wine!