The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, St. Helena, Calistoga and Rutherford AVAs.
A cool spell in August stalled harvest a bit at the outset, but a warm September brought a mad dash to the finish. All in all, 2016 was another high-quality vintage despite small volumes for some varietals due to cool, rainy weather at flowering. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard.
The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor, before a combination of tank and barrel fermentation was used to provide a richer, more textured palate. The wine was gently basket-pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging.
This wine is vibrant dark purple with a fuchsia rim. The nose is expressive, with aromas of red fruit, cassis and toast. The wine is full-bodied, packed with flavors of boysenberry, raspberry and black cherry, along with notes of sweet tobacco, cedar and vanilla. Supple tannins carry through to a lingering finish.
Our favorite Joy of Cooking® pairings* for this wine include Grilled Steaks with Mushroom Ragout or Osso Buco with Risotto Milanese.
- VARIETAL COMPOSITION:
- 87% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 8% Petit Verdot
- 5% Cabernet Franc
- ALCOHOL: 14.5%
This blend of 87 per cent cabernet sauvignon with petit verdot and cabernet franc, has plenty of attractive blackcurrant and violet aromas, leading to a palate that offers a riper style with rich dark plums and berries set amid quite firm tannins. Drink or hold. - James Suckling 91 Points
Blended of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals notions of pure cassis and crushed plums with tobacco, sage and forest floor in the background. Medium-bodied, it has great vivacity and a plush texture with a peppery finish. - Robert Parker 90 Points