2018 was our second vintage with full control of farming at our nearly 130-year-old estate site (still gives me chills to say that), and we enjoyed a mild and even vintage leading to a relatively late harvest at this amazing Delta site. The main thing we have noticed since taking over the farming is that our earlier opening of canopies and added fruit drops in certain sections to balance fruit load have led to wines with a bit more density. It was a vintage where all varieties performed well, and that plays out in the final blend where Mataro and Carignan each make up over 20% of the cuvee. We continue to learn how to best express this singular site and have found that each year we gravitate to more and more large format cooperage for elevage—in this vintage, much of the Carignan, Zin and Mataro were raised in 600-gallon ovals. Unlike some of our Sonoma sites where new oak is easily absorbed and befits the wine, we find that the sandy soils and the pure, fine tannins it imparts show most clearly with very little new oak interplay. This is a classic Evangelho, showing the bright and composed fruit we expect along with the savory bite inflected by the Mataro and Carignan, and one that should provide plenty of pleasure throughout the years.
92 points Wine Spectator
Generous, with plump fruit, buoyed by a refined core of tannins and fresh acidity. Accents of blackberry, smoky anise and underbrush lead to broad-shouldered tannins.