This is one of the best Oakville Cabernet Sauvignons at this price point. It was sourced from Tierra Roja Vineyard, a site that used to produce their own wine which I loved and supported when they first launched in 2004. If you drive Oakville Cross Road to Silverado Trail, directly in front of you is Tierra Roja, a small four-acre hillside vineyard. The vineyard is dotted with big rocks, and the soil is dark red. You might expect the wines to be massive, but they are very perfumed, dark, and complex. This 2018 is a barrel selection from both the gentle slope and the steep hillside terraces of the Tierra Roja. Bursting with "black fruit, rhubarb pie, and huckleberry preserves, the nose on this Cabernet is laced with black licorice and cinnamon notes that add a subtle and exotic feeling to the luxurious pure fruit aromas. The palate is dense and chewy with layers of unctuous defined fruits, the comforting presence of perfectly ripe tannin finishes with a touch of fine sweet cedar before a 30 second+ finish. This wine is well put together and showcases the playful yet powerful nature of top Oakville terroirs." - Jeff Ames, winemaker. 900 cases were produced.