“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain) is suave, silky and super-polished. Sweet red cherry, blood orange, mint, pomegranate and wild flowers give the 2016 a distinctly exotic quality that is hugely appealing. Medium in body and decidedly gracious, the 2016 speaks to finesse above all else. Although a few years in bottle will only help, the Spring Mountain is the most accessible of these 2016s.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
“There’s a lot to like about this blend of 95 percent cabernet sauvignon with some cabernet franc and petit verdot. It delivers deeply ripe plums and blackberries with the right balance of ripeness and freshness. Drink or hold.”
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
2016 in Napa Valley was considered an “exceptional vintage,” with ideal growing conditions, moderate yields and superb wine quality. The early, moderate weather and lack of significant heat events made for one of the best quality vintages of recent memory. Compared to the previous four vintages, 2016 saw wetter spring soil conditions, requiring careful canopy maintenance. Yields were moderate to below average going into harvest. Tannin quantity was overall slightly low, but tannin quality is excellent.The 2016 Spring Mountain Cabernet offers up polished, silky texture with exotic notes of sweet red cherry, pomegranate and blood orange all framed by mint and wild flowers. This gracious wine offers finesse, restraint and intensity. Accessible now, this wine will only improve in bottle.