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Review: 2018 Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

We last encountered this Copper Cane-designed Napa cabernet in its 2014 vintage, but this 2018 is a big departure from where we last left off. Here we find the arrival of a much more beefy, smoky body — an effect of 2018’s massive fire season, perhaps? — filtered through notes of blackcurrants and some rhubarb. From there, the wine’s overwhelmingly jammy character really starts to show its face, with blueberry and milk chocolate notes taking over. The finish sees plenty of enduring sweetness.

B / $55 / quiltwines.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. George Szczerbaniuk March 18, 2021

    You got your years mixed up. 2017 (not 2018) had a “massive fire season” and that affected many Napa Valley wines from the 2017 vintage.. 2018 was a great vintage — both quality and quantity-wise.

    1. Christopher Null March 18, 2021

      George – 2018’s fires were not based around Napa, but per the US govt: The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California, with a total of 8,527 fires burning an area of 1,893,913 acres (766,439 ha), the largest area of burned acreage recorded in a fire season, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) and the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), as of December 21. https://www.census.gov/topics/preparedness/events/wildfires/2018-ca-wildfires.html

      You’re right though, that Napa/Sonoma was spared from these, and that 2018 vintage wines have indeed been looking good.


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