The conundrum presented by our 2018 Aquilini Family Blend is whether to celebrate it now, or savor it down the road. Either way, this wine romances with chocolate-dipped cherries, silky tannins, and a beguiling softness. Grown with the same tender care in the Blackwood Canyon and The Canyons vineyards beside our Cabernet Sauvignon, these grapes offer all the pleasure of the Cabernet, with lush generosity from the Merlot and a bit of bounce from the Petit Verdot. Although this wine will age gracefully, it’s so delicious now, you may be tempted not to let it.
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot from Red Mountain. Barrel fermented and aged for 26 months in French oak.
Our 2018 Aquilini Family Blend received the same care and winemaking treatments as our Cabernet Sauvignon. As we do for all our wines, we make several harvest passes to ensure the grapes are picked only when perfectly ripe. The grapes for the Family Blend were handpicked, beginning with the Merlot on September 19th, the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 4th and 12th, and the Petit Verdot on October 18th. A short pre-fermentation cold soak along with a lengthy maceration were followed by a gentle basket press cycle before transfer to French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation began. Our winemakers choose barrels that would imbue the wine with charm, elegance, and an overall softer profile than its big brother, Cabernet Sauvignon. For 2018, a greater amount of Merlot was added to soften the structure and provide greater generosity to the wine; a touch of Petit Verdot adds further complexity and spice to the Family Blend. Though designed for earlier consumption than the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, the Family Blend will age gracefully; in fact, it possesses the capacity to reward the patient consumer over a ten year or longer aging curve.
By adding more Merlot than prior vintages, the 2018 Family Blend has a deliciously flamboyant character. Expressive aromas fill the glass with cherries, raspberries, crème brûlée and fresh garden herbs; subtle nuances of sweet oak spice, leather and graphite are layered beneath. The wine offers generous volume and texture with dusty tannins fading into a silky finish. Fresh and vibrant, this wine is enjoyable in its youth, yet will age gracefully over the next decade.
Open 1-2 hours prior to enjoyment to reveal the wine’s complexity.
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