2018 Fortunate Son

The Diplomat

Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

America / California / Napa Valley / St. Helena

$175
RP 96
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Owner/Winemaker/Founder is Jayson Woodbridge

2018 Fortunate Son 'The Diplomat', Napa Valley, USA

Vintage Notes — The 2018 is a monolithic year that must be given
a great deal of respect. It was a beautiful vintage, one of my happiest
and maybe my happiest ever. I smile when I think of the 2018 and just
keep smiling.

Vineyard Notes — Sourced from small, family vineyards, (in some cases
for 3-4 generations) that are farmed with great care and attention. These
vineyards (some are 80+ years old) have been brought together, actually
woven together, so the magical fruit could at last become Fortunate Son.
Composition — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a very small fraction
of Petite Sirah.

Cooperage — Aged for 24-30 months in the finest French oak barrique.
The stave wood is hand-selected for ultra-tight grain, then air dried for
three years before being made into barrels.

Appellation — Napa Valley

RP 96

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Jayson Woodbridge calls this a “21st Century Claret.” The blend is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with a good dollop of Merlot and a dash of Petite Sirah. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Diplomat comes skipping out with bright notes of Morello cherries, mulberries, and black raspberries, over a profound core of warm cassis, hoisin and blackberry pie, with wafts of licorice and unsmoked cigars. The generous, full-bodied palate is soft and plush, featuring a powerful black fruit core with a lively backbone and loads of layers on the earthy finish. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: December 2021. Drinking window: 2024-2046.

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PACKAGING: Our premium wines need optimal temperature consistency, therefore are packaged in EPS foam shippers with gel pack (when needed) and shipped only during ideal weather temperatures.

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RP 96

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Jayson Woodbridge calls this a “21st Century Claret.” The blend is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with a good dollop of Merlot and a dash of Petite Sirah. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Diplomat comes skipping out with bright notes of Morello cherries, mulberries, and black raspberries, over a profound core of warm cassis, hoisin and blackberry pie, with wafts of licorice and unsmoked cigars. The generous, full-bodied palate is soft and plush, featuring a powerful black fruit core with a lively backbone and loads of layers on the earthy finish. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: December 2021. Drinking window: 2024-2046.

2018 Fortunate Son 'The Diplomat', Napa Valley, USA

Vintage Notes — The 2018 is a monolithic year that must be given
a great deal of respect. It was a beautiful vintage, one of my happiest
and maybe my happiest ever. I smile when I think of the 2018 and just
keep smiling.

Vineyard Notes — Sourced from small, family vineyards, (in some cases
for 3-4 generations) that are farmed with great care and attention. These
vineyards (some are 80+ years old) have been brought together, actually
woven together, so the magical fruit could at last become Fortunate Son.
Composition — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a very small fraction
of Petite Sirah.

Cooperage — Aged for 24-30 months in the finest French oak barrique.
The stave wood is hand-selected for ultra-tight grain, then air dried for
three years before being made into barrels.

Appellation — Napa Valley

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