OVID 2018 Hexameter Napa Valley Red Wine
99 Points Jeb Dunnuck - More blue fruits as well as blackcurrants, leafy tobacco, chocolate, candied flowers, and baking spices all emerge from the 2018 Hexameter, and it's full-bodied, with an incredibly pure, seamless texture, polished tannins, and one heck of a great, great finish. While this is unquestionably a mountain wine, with a building sense of minerality, it has a rare sense of elegance and purity, flawless balance, and is just a heavenly, singular wine.
98 Points Vinous - The 2018 Hexameter, OVID’s Cabernet Franc-based wine is stellar. It also shows just how stunning Franc is in these rocky red soils. Effusive aromatics and bright saline notes abound. There is a level of vibrancy to the 2018 that is impossible to miss. Crushed rocks, rose petal, spice, licorice and new leather are some of the notes that race out of the glass. All the best elements of this site come through in a stunning wine that dazzles from start to finish.
Blend - 51% Cabernet Franc, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
The Cabernet Franc-focused wine from OVID Napa Valley
Cabernet Franc is a genetic parent to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, possessing unique and compelling qualities of its own. Compared to Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc tends to be a bit lighter in body, more floral and perfumed, and sometimes a tad more wild and unpredictable. Its primal genetic profile also makes Cabernet Franc incredibly sensitive to place; and therefore, a detailed speaker of terroir. For that reason, we believe that Hexameter articulates the life force of our vineyard.
While Pritchard Hill soil is largely characterized by its shallow, stony and luminous red soils (reflective of powerful amounts of iron oxide), we tend to plant Cabernet Franc in soils that are on the more yellow end of the spectrum. As they are closest in age to the site’s parent rock; they have only relatively recently transformed into soil, not yet acquiring their signature rusty red hue through oxidation.
Following primary fermentation, Hexameter wines are removed from tank and placed into barrel. A few months later, the wines are racked and blended and returned to barrel for a long, slow maturation in French oak for another 14-16 months.
So beguiled is winemaker Austin Peterson with Cabernet Franc, he contends that if OVID hadn’t been squarely established since day one in Cabernet Sauvignon, the winery’s identity today might be centered around Cabernet Franc. He’s been convinced by the way it grows in the vineyards and performs in winery and in bottle. Farming methods and soil preparations are actively being honed to accommodate expansion of the Franc program.
Of course, Hexameter can also contain Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot in small proportions that allow Cabernet Franc to take the lead.
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