Bottle Size: 750 ml
Quantity Available: 2
2018 Checkerboard Kings Row remains an expression of the
Aurora Vineyard which is located in a small valley midway up Diamond Mountain
on a large knoll at an elevation of 1,200 feet. The knoll projects off the
mountainside, giving the vineyard full southern exposure, open light from the
east and west, and protection from Napa Valley’s summer fog. Six acres
are planted in the knoll’s rich, volcanic soils that are riddled with basalt
cobble and loamy clay. The remaining six acres are planted in a deep
gravely mix of white volcanic ash and chips of decomposed Rhyolite that were
washed down from the steep, rocky crags of Diamond Mountain above. 2018
Checkerboard Kings Row exhibits all the markers of a classic Cabernet.
The nose is fresh and laced with cherry, black currant, and red spice that
combine in a dazzling array of flavors on the palate to include wild
blueberries, crispy sage, white flowers, baking spice and paprika.
There’s a lively, vibrant backbone and tannins that extend through to the
finish. Winery notes.