- 6 g/L
An unusually warm May helped overcome a cooler start to the vintage and transitioned to perfect fruit-set weather. A long, hot summer was marked by minimal rain, leading to medium berry sizes with fully developed fruit sugars and rich, concentrated tannins.
“This is pure Cabernet Sauvignon. The concentration and expansive fruit aromas are layered onto a palate of amazing depth and richness. Tannins are fine, plush, and fill the mouth completely.”
Raymon Mckee, Winemaker
In order to capture a balance of ripe fruit and fresh acidity, Trothe fruit was the first picked in most blocks.
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- CS98 (67%), CS03 (17%), CS01 (16%)
- Clone 8
- 5 Barrels
Planted 1998, 9x6 spacing, southern slope (20-25%), warm site, 990-1090 ft. elevation, Mikkalo and Warden silt loam soil
Planted in 2001, 9x6 spacing, subtle southern slope, very warm site, 999-1040 ft. elevation, Warden silt loam soil
Planted 2003, 9x6 spacing, very slight southern slope, cool site, 980-1000 ft. elevation, Warden silt loam soil
The wine is vibrant, accessible, and drinks well now. It will continue to show deeper integration and complexity over the next 10 years—or more.
The 2018 Trothe Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified using several different methods, each matched to the specifics of the blocks and fruit characteristics. The result is a complex blend that accentuates the individuality of each block. The wine was aged over 22 months in 83% new French oak, followed by 13 months in bottle.