Marietta Cellars

Armé Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

North Coast, California

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Named after Armé, the husband of Marietta and great-great uncle of Owner/Winemaker Scot Bilbro, this Cabernet Sauvignon conveys a taut freshness and aromatic purity. Stylistically balanced between modern California and Old World, this wine is dense with fresh, dark fruit and tempered with a savory, earthy character. The dry fly on the label is a reference to Chris Bilbro’s long family history of fishing with his great uncle Armé along the waterways that now adjoin the three estate vineyards.

Vineyard

The fruit for this wine comes from the Angeli Estate vineyard in Alexander Valley and the McDowell Valley estate. The Cabernet on the Angeli Estate rests on rocky hillside terraces. Foggy mornings along the Russian River burn off to hot afternoons followed by chilly nights. Coupled with deep gravel swales and rocky hills, this vineyard offers the perfect balance between warm days and cool nights. The McDowell Valley estate, situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, benefits from the cold sink that ensures cool nights and preserves acidity and freshness.

Winemaking

An late harvest for the Bordeaux varieties in 2018 was followed by a three-week fermentation and 20 months of aging in neutral barrels. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 7% Merlot, 4% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot.

Vintage

The 2018 Harvest was a grower’s dream, but it was not without its exciting moments. Spring rains encouraged healthy roots and set up great canopies. The fruit set and cluster development was flawless. Then August and September clocked in as mild, even bordering on cool. Suddenly, the crop’s development potentially started to stall out, but the vines kept working and the first lovely, perfectly ripe fruit was harvested in September. Early October rains soaked the second half of the crop and elicited fears of rot and lost fruit as more storms lined up. Miraculously, the storms failed to materialize, providing a long, dry October and November with beautiful sunny days which slowly ripened the remaining crop. Long seasons like these allow early tannin maturation while the cool weather protects the acid…. All leading to developed, powerful tannins with bright acid at lower than typical brix.

Tasting Note

A rich, dark and textural yet smooth and even mouthfeel from the achieved phenolic ripeness at lower sugars. Balanced between modern California and Old World, this wine is dense with layers of black currant and dark cherry counterbalanced secondary flavors of sandalwood, sandalwood, and kalamata. The clean and focused mouthfeel hints at mint and briar under all the power.

Food Pairing

The Armé Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with herbed roasts, asparagus, garlicky beans, and all manner of savory foods.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Appellation

North Coast, California

Farming

The Armé Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100% estate fruit, all of which is organically farmed

Alcohol

14.6%

Suggested Retail Price

$27

Reviews

"Fruity with balance and softness"

James Suckling - "Round-textured and fruity with balance and softness, yet freshness at the same time. Medium-bodied. Attractive berry, currant and sweet green-tobacco undertones." - J.S.

"Incredibly elegant style, particularly at this price point"

Wine Advocate - "The 2018 Armé Cabernet Sauvignon is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 7% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. Medium ruby-purple, it has pure, classic aromas of cassis, graphite, violets, loamy earth and tobacco. The intensely flavored palate is light on its feet with loads of juicy lift and a soft tannic frame, and it finishes long and floral. It's an incredibly elegant style, particularly at this price point!" 

Trade Materials

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