Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

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Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon

Haley Wight represents the seventh generation of one of St. Helena's oldest and most established wine families. Wight makes rich, sumptuous Cabernets from her family's Lewelling Ranch, which lies in the heart of St. Helena.   Hayfork has several personal meanings: a nickname Haley had as a child (the first part of her name and her lean physique) and a reference to the tiny town of Hayfork in the Trinity Mountains of Northern CA where the family spent time fishing. It is also a tribute to her farming background.

Winery notes:  "Hayfork's goal is to emphasize the importance of farming in winemaking. Our farming heritage runs deep, as my great-great-great-grandfather, John Lewelling, a horticulturist by trade, settled the St. Helena family ranch in 1864. Whether growing walnuts, prunes, pears or grapes, we have been continuously farming our land for six generations.  We are blessed with a fine cabernet soil and microclimate, which produce a grape with great concentration and poise. It is our belief that less is more when it comes to winemaking, and we strive to allow our wines to evolve naturally, with the least amount of manipulation possible. We are proud to create a product that encourages folks to gather together. There is something special about a table shared, and we would be honored to know Hayfork is on your table."  

A blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch was aged for 20 months in oak, 75% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with lovely ripe blackcurrants, black raspberries, and kirsch scents plus hints of dried herbs, pencil lead, menthol, and Marmite toast. The full-bodied palate is coated with black fruit preserves, textured by velvety tannins. It has a delightful refreshing quality and finishes long and spicy. 700 cases made.

93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: A blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch was aged for 20 months in oak, 75% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with lovely ripe blackcurrants, black raspberries and kirsch scents plus hints of dried herbs, pencil lead, menthol and Marmite toast. The full-bodied palate is coated with black fruit preserves, textured by velvety tannins. It has a delightful refreshing quality and finishes long and spicy. 

93 points, Jeb Dunnuck:  Loads of pretty blue fruits, sappy herb, candied orange, and spring flower notes emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch. Medium to full-bodied, it has integrated acidity and a layered, textured, balanced style. Need a great Cabernet under $100? Buy this.

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