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Producer: Secret Door Winery, Article: Sonoma: Another Brilliant Vintage in 2018

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2018 Secret Door Winery Cabernet Sauvignon JML

A larger production release that functions as a second wine for the Secret Door Winery, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon JML comes from multiple vineyards (Atlas Peak and Stags Leap) and spent 18 months in new barrels. It's a more upfront, supple Cabernet compared to the single vineyard and has lots of cassis and currant fruits, notes of lead pencil and graphite, medium to full body, and terrific purity of fruit. The tannins are chewier here, but this still has loads of upfront appeal and charm as well as the density and balance to keep for over a decade.

  $65 1

A larger production release that functions as a second wine for the Secret Door Winery, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon JML comes from multiple vineyards (Atlas Peak and Stags Leap) and spent 18 months in new barrels. It's a more upfront, supple Cabernet compared to the single vineyard and has lots of cassis and currant fruits, notes of lead pencil and graphite, medium to full body, and terrific purity of fruit. The tannins are chewier here, but this still has loads of upfront appeal and charm as well as the density and balance to keep for over a decade.

2017 Secret Door Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Hirondelle Vineyard

All three of these Cabernet Sauvignon from Donald Patz were harvested before the devastating fires. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Hirondelle Vineyard comes from the Stags Leap region and spent 20 months in new French oak. This inky hued effort boasts a bright, juicy bouquet of crème de cassis, black cherry, lead pencil, cedary spice, and sappy herbs. It shows the cooler style of the Stags Leap AVA with its vibrancy and freshness, yet has medium to full-bodied richness, good concentration, and ripe, polished tannins. This was a challenging vintage for the valley, but this is beautifully done, has great tannins, and I suspect will have two decades of longevity.

  $170 1

All three of these Cabernet Sauvignon from Donald Patz were harvested before the devastating fires. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Hirondelle Vineyard comes from the Stags Leap region and spent 20 months in new French oak. This inky hued effort boasts a bright, juicy bouquet of crème de cassis, black cherry, lead pencil, cedary spice, and sappy herbs. It shows the cooler style of the Stags Leap AVA with its vibrancy and freshness, yet has medium to full-bodied richness, good concentration, and ripe, polished tannins. This was a challenging vintage for the valley, but this is beautifully done, has great tannins, and I suspect will have two decades of longevity.

2017 Secret Door Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Sage Ridge Vineyard

From a site on the eastern side of St. Helena that was planted in 1998, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Sage Ridge Vineyard spent 22 months in new French oak. It's another deeply colored effort and offers vibrant notes of blackcurrants, blueberries, sagebrush, tobacco, and cedary herbs. As with the Hirondelle Vineyard, it stays compact and focused on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, good acidity, and outstanding length. It should benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink nicely for 10-15 years.

  $170 1

From a site on the eastern side of St. Helena that was planted in 1998, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Sage Ridge Vineyard spent 22 months in new French oak. It's another deeply colored effort and offers vibrant notes of blackcurrants, blueberries, sagebrush, tobacco, and cedary herbs. As with the Hirondelle Vineyard, it stays compact and focused on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, good acidity, and outstanding length. It should benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink nicely for 10-15 years.