2018 Valadorna



This Merlot-led blend is sourced primarily from the Valadorna and Capraia blocks, which produce the estate’s most complex and mineral-based expressions of this variety. The blocks are located within the cooler part of the estate, naturally irrigated by the stream that undulates through it, and feature sandy brown soils and lower yields than typical. These blocks are often the last Merlot blocks to ripen on the estate.

Harvest Notes

The 2018 vintage was beautiful and will be well-remembered. Overall, the growing season was consistent and produced very balanced wines. With a cool, rainy February and March, budbreak arrived later in the season and gave way to perfect conditions in June and July. We held our breath through early August as hailstorms approached the estate – sometimes less that 1km away – until welcomed rain arrived later in the month to rehydrate and cool the vines. With warm days and cool nights through the rest of August, the ripening conditions were optimal. Merlot from the Capraia vineyard was harvested on September 14th, with the Valadorna block Merlot following shortly thereafter on September 16th.

Tasting Notes

Expressive aromas of nutmeg spice are supplemented by notes of fresh strawberry and vanilla. A soft and supple mouthfeel is underscored by elegant tannins that envelope the mid-palate. Optimal acidity keeps this wine bright and balanced. Flavors of ripe black cherry and sweet balsamic are accompanied by a lingering finish with notes of tobacco, cedar and a hint of cinnamon. The 2018 Valadorna is a stunning wine that can be enjoyed for years to come.


2018 Vintage

94 POINTS, Monica Larner, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, September 2023

94 POINTS, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 2023

94 POINTS, Aldo Fiodrelli, Decanter, February 2021

92 POINTS, James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2022