2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep, inky red in appearance, with fresh, ripe, crunchy black fruit aromas of raspberry, huckleberry, black cherry, and blackcurrant. Herbal and spice aromas of basil, blackcurrant leaf, licorice, and cloves, alongside an integrated oak character of cocoa and tobacco, add to the complexity of the nose. These attractive, concentrated aromas are complemented by a smooth, mouthcoating tannic structure, a round, textured mouthfeel, and a full body, all of which continue on a long, multilayered finish.

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 14.5%
  • 6 g/L
  • 3.74
  • 2020
  • 2021
Growing Season

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
Vineyard Details

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

Block CS98

Planted 1998, 9x6 spacing, southern slope (20-25%), warm site, 990-1090 ft. elevation, Mikkalo and Warden silt loam soil

Block CS01

Planted in 2001, 9x6 spacing, subtle southern slope, very warm site, 999-1040 ft. elevation, Warden silt loam soil

Block CS03

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.