2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

NAPA VALLEY
$46.00 per bottle   /   $39.10 club price
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91 points, James Suckling

This beautifully blended 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is exquisitely balanced with excellent fruit concentration. On the nose, this wine offers black cherries, red raspberries, blueberry compote, graphite, toasted brioche, and a touch of licorice. The palate offers plush but concentrated tannins, mixed berry jam, dried black cherries, chocolate, vanilla, toasted hazelnuts, and cedar with a finish that softens and lingers. This offering is enjoyable today but will also evolve with cellar aging through 2028.

WINEMAKER NOTES

This beautifully blended 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is exquisitely balanced with excellent fruit concentration. On the nose, this wine offers black cherries, red raspberries, blueberry compote, graphite, toasted brioche, and a touch of licorice. The palate offers plush but concentrated tannins, mixed berry jam, dried black cherries, chocolate, vanilla, toasted hazelnuts, and cedar with a finish that softens and lingers. This offering is enjoyable today but will also evolve with cellar aging through 2028.

THE VINTAGE

The 2016 growing year was picture perfect, starting with a mild winter with very little rain. Bud break began early and the start of our growing season came to fruition. Spring weather was also cool and summer warmed up nicely, allowing the fruit to mature at an even rate and make optimum conditions for flavor development. Since there was less water in the soil and consistent summer heat, our Cabernet Sauvignon grape berries grew beautifully but small.  Small Cabernet berries make great wine with outstanding concentration and an excellent skin to juice ratio. Our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested in late September and early October, when they were in perfect balance. The fruit is predominantly from Rutherford, St. Helena and the Oak Knoll District appellations.

WINE FACTS

Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon   

Appellation: Napa Valley   

Alcohol: 14.8% 

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon