2018 Amici Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Etched 3L


Vinous Media

“Tremendous density and volume”

Vineyard Notes

The 2018 Amici Cellars Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is a decadent, delicious wine grown in one of the highest-altitude vineyards in Oakville. The organically farmed Oakville Ranch is tended by legendary organic grapegrower Phil Coturri, and the site’s elevation, along with its signature red soils, leads to a rich and powerful wine.

Winemaking Notes

The most terroir-driven Cabernet Sauvignon in the Amici single-vineyard lineup, the 2018 Oakville Ranch is mineral-driven with lovely bright bing cherry and expressive vanilla notes. Black cherry, rhubarb and leather through the palate evolve into warm blackberry pie filling and hints of iron ore. Distinctly age-worthy with a balance of freshness and power, the wine finishes long and earthy.

Cabernet Sauvignon Etched 3L
Oakville Ranch
Oakville, Napa Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation & Aging
100% Stainless Steel fermentation; Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels

A Single Vineyard Wine

Oakville Ranch

Vineyard Details



Vinous Media

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch is fabulous. Rich and explosive, the 2018 possesses tremendous density and volume. Bright acids lend freshness to play off the inky dark red/purplish fruit. I would cellar the 2018 for at least a few years, as it needs time to come together, but there is so much to look forward to.


Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch Vineyard (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) needs a little coaxing to reveal emerging notions of plum preserves, wild blueberries and blackcurrant pastilles plus hints of camphor, tree bark, truffles and licorice. The full-bodied palate is concentrated and packed with black and blue fruit layers, with finely grained tannins to support and a lively backbone, finishing long with mineral sparks.


James Suckling

Blackcurrants, blackberries and black cherries. Some raspberry jam, too. It’s very cool and compact with pretty fruit and a firm, creamy tannin structure that is polished and nicely chewy. Tight at the finish. Needs time to open. Try after 2024.


International Wine Report

The 2018 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon from Amici Cellars immediately grabs your attention with its aromas of ripe black cherries and dark currents that come together with exotic spices, earthy nuances, dark chocolate, licorice and forest herbs. This full-bodied Cabernet possesses wonderful opulence and beautifully concentrated fruit, which is supported by its well-polished tannins. It continues to impress as layers of ripe dark fruits expand across the palate leading up to the long finish. This is already a pleasure to drink at this early stage, however it also has all the characteristics that indicate it will offer a long drinking window ahead.


Jeb Dunnuck

Coming from an incredible terroir in Oakville, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up all in new French oak. Its dense purple color is followed by a stunning nose of blackcurrants, black cherries, scorched earth, iron, and tobacco leaf-like aromas. Offering full-bodied richness on the palate, it has a stacked mid-palate, building tannins, and a great, great finish. It displays the more elegant, streamlined style of the 2018 vintage yet still brings plenty of richness and depth. It can be enjoyed today or cellared for 15-20 years.