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2018 26 Red Wine Blend

2018 26 Red Wine Blend

Growing Season

February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating a plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences at night. The relatively mild summer was virtually uninterrupted by heat spikes and was followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat. The growing conditions were ideal and we allowed our fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Harvest Dates--9/18/2018-10/16/2018


59% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Cabernet Franc 11% Petit Verdot 5% Malbec

Aged 19 months in 60% new, 40% once-used French Oak from Taransaud, Bossuet and Sylvain

270 cases bottled on 6/15/2020

Tasting Notes

"Boysenberry, blackberry, pine needles, plum, cherry, black truffle, roast pork, black licorice, porcini, black currant. Very soft attack, coffee and black currants. Finishes with plum, cherry, espresso, tannins are more youthful here but the wine persists beyond them with a delightful cherry, plum and black licorice."--Aaron Pott, Winemaker, 7/16/2020


Robert Parker Wine Advocate--94 Points

"Located on Spring Mountain, the Fe Estate vineyard is six-plus acres with a high iron content in the soil, planted to eight-year-old vines. The 2018 26 is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec and has a deep garnet-purple color. It soars out of the glass with bold cassis, blueberry preserves and ripe blackberries scents followed by nuances of menthol, truffles, smoked meats and beef drippings. Full-bodied, with firm, grainy tannins, the palate is lively with layer upon layer of vibrant, perfumed fruit."--Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, February 2021

Vinous--92 Points

"The 2018 26, the second wine of Fe, is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec. Even with a very different blend from the flagship wine, the 26 shows all of the character of its big sibling and this site in more of a mid-weight style. Rose petal, savory herb and a whole range of striking aromatics give the 2018 tons of personality." --Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2021

Jeb Dunnuck--97 Points

"These wines are made by Aaron Pott and come all from Spring Mountain. Starting with the 2018 Red Wine Blend 26, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot offers a classic mountain vibe in its bright blue fruits and exotic, forest notes of sappy green herbs, bay leaf, violets, damp earth, and chocolate. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, incredibly pure, seamless 2018 that has flawless balance, terrific tannins, and a great finish. This is one of those wines where everything is in the right place, the balance is spot on, and it has a finish this keeps you coming back to the glass. It benefits from a decant if drinking today and will evolve for 20-25 years or more."--Jeb Dunnuck, January 2021

$525 3 Pack
2018 26 Red Wine Blend