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

"For more than a century our Cabernet Sauvignon has defined the unique character of Napa Valley. I've had the honor for more than 20 years to carry on this tradition. I am pleased to off this elegant and balanced wine, which expresses velvety layers of blackberry, ripe plum and chocolate." - Jeffrey Stambor, Winemaker

90 Points - Wine Advocate

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 6% Petite Sirah, 4% Touriga Nacional, 3% Malbec and 2% other complementary varietals, aged in French, American and European oak (30% new) for 15 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps boldly from the glass with boisterous crème de cassis, blueberry pie and baking spice scents with touches of chocolate box and potpourri. Full, rich and opulent, it has a plush texture and tons of forward, spicy fruit, finishing fruity.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018

Tasting Notes

with layers of wild raspberry, black cherry and juicy black plum followed by complex nuances of more brambly elements like savory wild sage, fresh mint and forest floor on the finish. The tannins are full and round giving the wine a silky, smooth texture and mouthfeel, with a delicate structure complementing the mouth filling flavors. Nicely integrated baking spice notes of cinnamon and brioche from toasted oak barrels are interwoven through the aromas and flavors, complementing the lengthy finish. This rich, mouth pleasing Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable and delicious now, yet promises cellar worthiness.

Vineyard Note

We sourced the majority of the Cabernet from Napa Valley’s Rutherford, Calistoga and St. Helena appellations. The diverse soils and microclimates, as well as the various clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and cultivation techniques, contributed to this wine’s complex flavor profile. The balance of the blend was grown both in our estate vineyards and other quality vineyards of Napa Valley.

Winemaking Notes

After the grapes were destemmed and crushed, we fermented the must in stainless steel tanks until dry. We then pressed the wines and transferred them to toasted 60-gallon oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 15 months of aging. We blended several varieties with the Cabernet Sauvignon to add plushness to the wine’s mid-palate and finesse to the lingering finish, as well as to enhance the flavor and aroma profile.

Vintage Notes

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 with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.
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