Vivino offered Aviara Prana Block M8 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 on April 22, 2021.
Pritchard Hill to Atlas Peak, precision crafted Cabernet from the best block on the vineyard. You’ll want a few extra bottles for months and years to come.
The top of the table in terms of smashing quality and not letting up in their efforts to stay there. M5 has achieved 3 straight vintages of 96-98 ratings, M8 is firmly on its heels.
This gorgeously full-everything Cabernet is the essence of high-altitude Pritchard Hill in a bottle. It’s black as night, with juicy blueberries and plums, set off against a wild side of dark chocolate and grippy tannin. Think classic powerhouse red with a generous peppering of spices to go with it. It’s intensely flavor-filled, deep and complex. The mouthfeel is illuminated by a bright flash of acidity. It’s just crushingly good wine, in short. But that’s not surprising, either. This is from one of Napa Valley’s best vineyards and to top that from the absolute best block on the property.
WINEMAKER NOTES: Open-fermented, plunged three times daily, before 17 days on skins, just shy of 19 months in barrel plus another 5 months of settling prior to dispatch, the result is a lustrous Cabernet. Crushed black plums that meld effortlessly with cassis, violet, black cherry incense, and a veiling of bay leaf tannins. There is so much glycerol, that it is already drinking at a premium. Sweet smelling and inviting. However, my suggestion is to test your patience, cellaring it for another couple years or better yet, go for it, with a good swirl in the decanter.
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