A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2019 Moulds Cabernet Sauvignon

The Moulds Vineyard is the jewel of Oak Knoll, perched on a “bench” above the valley floor. Here the alluvial rock has collected over the millennia giving the sub-soil great drainage that translates into excellent wine. The vineyard is tended with the utmost care. In 2019, the vines enjoyed a fantastic vintage, with a long, steady growing season and enough warmth to bring this Cabernet into top form. The color has a strikingly deep purple core, hinting at the richness to come. The aromatics are brooding and exotic with blackberry purée, black cherry, dark chocolate, anise, toasted bread, dark vanilla and sage. On the palate, one would not guess this is a cooler spot in the valley, as the wine displays huge layers of dense, dark, rich flavors that carry through to a long, palate-staining finish.

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 100% Moulds Family Vineyard
  • Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
  • Clones 169 and 685 in gravelly clay soils
  • Aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 21 months
  • Unfined and unfiltered
  • 97 cases produced
From a vineyard on the west side of the Oak Knoll District AVA, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Moulds is all Cab, all new oak. It's faintly herbal, with notions of sage and bay leaf, even some olive notes, accenting black cherries and cassis. Full-bodied, rich and velvety without being heavy or dense, there's an attractive airiness despite the size, with a plush, open-knit texture on the long finish.
Joe Czerwinski
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The Wine Advocate
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May 31, 2022
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94
points
Plum, blackberries, cassis, green tobacco, and sappy herb notes all emerge from the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Moulds Vineyard, a medium to full-bodied, ripe, textured, supple 2019 that’s already drinking nicely. A mix of 169 and 685 Clones and aged in new barrels, drink it over the coming 10-15 years.
Jeb Dunnuck
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JebDunnuck.Com
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March 10, 2022
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92
points