Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Syrah Blend
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

With a generous splash of Syrah, this is a New World interpretation of a Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The Syrah adds unexpected spiciness and juicy, ripe fruit expression. The rich blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon predominate, while Syrah contributes lush blueberry syrup notes and hints of peppery spice. A sweet smoky note from aging in French oak barrels adds complexity. Charming in its youth, this wine will continue to develop complexity with proper bottle aging

Tasting Note

The 2016 Maestro Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah is a dark and brooding wine with intense aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, fresh espresso and black pepper spice notes, a distinctive characteristic of the Syrah. The palate is big and rich with flavors of juicy macerated blackberries, berry compote, Black cherry, mocha and subtle dried lavender. The tannins are velvety smooth and round, while the mouthfeel is plush, leading to a lengthy finish. A core of bright acidity provides excellent balance, adding to its overall drinkability now or cellaring for several years. This is an intriguing and unique wine and a blend you don’t often see in the Napa Valley but will be a pleasing discovery for many.

Vineyard

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine come from our BV Rutherford Estate Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley. The specific lots of Cabernet Sauvignon chosen for this wine showed exceptionally fruit forward expression and a softer, rounder tannin structure. All of the Syrah fruit in the blend comes from BV Ranch No. 9 in the Los Carneros region at the valley’s most southernmost tip. This Syrah was specifically chosen for the blend because of its vibrant blueberry flavor and spice notes as well as for its overall lushness on the palate.

Vintage

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, right around Labor Day, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended mild season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream vintage, conditions were perfect for producing a Cabernet and Syrah with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.

Winemaking Notes

After hand harvesting, the grapes were immediately brought into the winery. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and cold soaked for 2 to 4 days to gently ease color and flavor. During the 10 to 12-day fermentation, timely pumpovers kept the skins in contact with the juice for excellent flavor and tannin extraction. The wine spent 20 months in 50% new oak (a mix of French and Hungarian) before being blended, giving the final wine softened tannins and a smooth mouthfeel. Only 359 cases made.
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