Grapes for the 2018 Reserve Collection Pinot Noir were sourced exclusively from premier vineyards in the southern part of Napa Valley, where the San Pablo Bay creates a cool, maritime climate. Morning fog rolls across the vines, ushering in the cool breezes ideal for growing delicate, flavorful Pinot Noir. The vines here produce complex, layered fruit that translates to an earthy minerality and exceptional natural acidity in the glass.
The 2018 growing season started with a very mild spring, and the moderate seasonal weather continued for the rest of the growing season. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit later than usual, but under very good conditions, which led to very good fruit set. Summer was mild, with ample sun during the day without any heat spikes throughout the season. The consistently cooler evenings helped extend the growing season. The longer hang time also helped increase varietal character and develop better color and tannin. Overall, it was an ideal growing season.
The 2018 Napa Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir boasts aromas of cherries, cola, cedar, and cloves. Flavors of red plum, raspberry, mocha, and caramel round out the wine. A rich, creamy mid-palate and soft, plush tannins with vibrant acidity elongate the fruit on finish.