Rafael et Fils Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 / 750 ml.

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Napa Valley is California's -- and America's -- most famous and celebrated wine district. Located north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is most famous for its world-class Cabernets and Chardonnays. The region's acclaim officially took off following a 1976 tasting in Paris when renowned judges chose a Napa Chardonnay and Cabernet over top French wines made from the same grapes.

Most wineries in the region produce either a Chardonnay or a Cabernet, and usually it's both. Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel are also grown with success in Napa Valley. You'll likely recognize the names of some of the viticultural areas within Napa Valley, including St. Helena, Stag's Leap and Carneros.

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The United States now ranks fourth in the world in wine production behind, France, Italy, and Spain. While about 90% of that wine is produced in California, other states like Oregon, New York, and Washington are establishing themselves as prime spots for wine production, as well. Just about any variety of wine can be found in production somewhere in the United States.

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SKU 98565
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Rafael et Fils Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Country United States
Region California
District Napa Valley
Product Location - Location-Appellation Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Rafael et Fils
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2018
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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2018 / 750 ml.

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JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, March 5, 2021
Blackberry, black-olive and bark aromas with some dark mushroom follow through to a full body with round, creamy tannins that are polished and refined. Shows serious structure at the end of the palate. Needs four or five year to come around, but already attractive to taste. Try after 2026.
RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 18th Mar 2021
The 2018 Reserve Proprietary Red opens with notions of dark chocolate, unsmoked cigars, forest floor and black truffles, leading to a core of blackcurrant preserves, blackberry pie and stewed plums. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a burst of black fruit preserves and savory accents, supported by a solid structure of grainy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with great length. 112 cases were made.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2021
Ripe and fresh, with a sassafras edge amid a juicy and broad mix of plum, blackberry and raspberry compote flavors. Singed vanilla frames the finish, while letting the fruit play out nicely. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2030. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 111 cases made.
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United States | California | Napa Valley

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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, April 7, 2022
A cool nose of blackcurrant, blackberry, pine and ripe red cherry. Full-bodied with velvety tannins. Well-structured palate with balanced acidity that articulates the dark fruit and spice. Cardamom and paprika. Sustainable. Best after 2023.
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 2, 2022
Though this features fleshy boysenberry and plum fruit flavors that border on jammy, this stays just honest enough, revealing a bolt of cocoa and a light infusion of tobacco through the toasty finish. Drink now through 2024. 39,831 cases made. (James Molesworth)

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JD9292 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/27/2021
Coming mostly from the Soda Canyon region and 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon CJ has a big, ripe, fruit-driven nose of blue fruits, lots of peppery herbs and earth, medium to full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This nicely balanced, pure, charming red brings loads of charm and is well worth seeking out. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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RP92+92+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2020
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it strides confidently out of the glass with notes of crushed blueberries, ripe, fresh blackberries and warm cassis plus hints of bay leaves, mossy tree bark and lavender. The medium-bodied palate is chock-full of crunchy black fruits, framed by ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long with loads of mineral sparks. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2021
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is an attractive, mid-weight wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Dried cherry, tobacco, licorice, cedar and earthy notes all grace this expressive, understated Cabernet from Grgich Hills. (Antonio Galloni)
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JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, October 5, 2022
A pure, balanced and fresh Napa cabernet that is not just showing heady concentration and dark fruit. Here you get some violets, nimble flowers, redcurrants, graphite and fine spices. Some oranges, too. Fragrant and nuanced. Medium to full body with tight yet refined tannins. Rather linear, tense and elegant, but lacking neither power nor definition. Better to give it a few years to deliver more complexity. (James Suckling)
WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2022
Deep black-currant and blackberry flavors come with a warm, rounded texture bolstered by fine-grained tannins in this concentrated and mouth-filling wine. Hints of mint and dark chocolate enhance the aroma and continue through the finish. Best 2025–2035. (Jim Gordon)
JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 2/16/2023
Lots of ripe blue fruits, sappy herbs, and some background minerality as well as a touch of oak emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, a medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant Cabernet from this estate that’s drinkable today yet will evolve for 15–20 years in cold cellars. It’s one for the old school Cabernet lovers out there. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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