Vintage 2018 could not have been more ideal for our winemakers. Budbreak began on schedule at the end of February, and spring brought moderate temperatures that progressed into a warm summer without any disruptive heat spikes. Steady, consistent growing conditions provided the perfect environment for the fruit to mature and develop. Our grapes promised elegant flavors of the highest quality with structural beauty from balanced tannin, sugar and acid levels. Harvest began in mid-September for the white varieties, and we continued picking our red varieties long into the first weeks of November. With such lengthy hang time, the fruit matured consistently and was picked when it was at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in bottle.
“Crafted with your most memorable and special celebrations in mind, I’ve selected lots of our finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot which together, present inviting and warm aromas of delicious baking spice and raspberry jam. On the palate, our Celebration Cuvée delivers juicy, mouthfilling tannins, which develop alongside layered elements of ripe plum and cocoa with subtle oak spice appearing on the lengthy finish.”
– Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
“The layers of flavors in this cuvée show off your best dishes, particularly braised or grilled meats like lamb, pork roasts or duck, as well as savory hams. Sweet onions, earthy mushrooms, eggplant and fennel all are wonderful accents. Harder cheeses as appetizers, with hearty Malden Sea Salt flakes steal the show.”
– Chad Hendrickson, Executive Chef