Classic mountain Cab, this wine expresses cassis, chocolate, black cherry, mint, coffee and black tea notes. The palate is lush and uber-concentrated, with just enough acidity to add a liveliness to the texture and plenty of supple tannin for both a long smooth finish and long-term aging potential.
The 2016 vintage, in contrast to its contemporaries 2015 and 2017, was entirely drama-free. Excellent weather from bud-break through harvest contributed to the development of grapes that achieved full physiological ripeness. The vintage concluded smoothly, with cabernet sauvignon grapes night-harvested between October 7th and October 28th. Twenty-one individual wine lots were fermented in stainless steel vats for 14 – 25 days and were then gently pressed to French oak barrels, 50% new, for 19 months of barrel aging. During the assembly of the final blend, 7% Merlot from our Lower Mountain Top vineyard block (which is the primary source of our Vintner Select Merlot and Reserve Claret wines) and 5% Petit Verdot were selected to add roundness, red fruit notes, spice, and acidity.
Jeb Dunnuck – 94 Points
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty and is certainly worth seeking out. Deep black fruits, smoke tobacco, scorched earth and graphite notes all emerge from the glass. It’s medium to full-bodied, has terrific purity of fruit, sweet tannins, and the balance to evolve for 15 years or so.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 93 Points
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, and 76% of the fruit came from Napa County and 24% from Sonoma County. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it rolls sensuously out of the glass with provocative notes of warm cassis, blackberry pie and preserved plums plus suggestions of cigar box, dried lavender, menthol and melted chocolate. Medium-bodied, the palate has wonderful energy and freshness, featuring plenty of perfumed black fruit and a firm, ripe, grainy frame, finishing with a minty kick. 6,035 cases produced.