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.

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.

Appellation: 76% Napa
24% Sonoma
Vintage: 2016
Harvest: October 2016
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: July 2018
Production: 6035 cases
Release Date: November 2018
Price: $74.00

Reviews

  • California Grapevine: April 2019
    Rating: 91

    Medium-dark ruby; attractive, deep, ripe, intense, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with notes of cassis, cinnamon, dried herbs, and mocha; full body; rich, ripe, cedary, nicely balanced, red and black fruit flavors with a plush, pleasing mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now, though deserving several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.4% alcohol; 6,035 cases; blended with 7% Merlot and 5% PV; released November 2018. (Group Score: 16.7, 0/2/0; My Score: 17 [91/100], fourth place)

  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: April 2019
    Rating: 90

    Nicely defined and persistently fruited with an attractive mix of black 106 cherries, currants, mildly briary spice and touches of caramelly oak and a hint of graphite very neatly combined, this moderately full-bodied, slightly supple offering is fit with an appropriate spine of varietal tannin, yet it is so nicely polished that it is not nearly as tough as young Cabernet can be, and, if sure to age effortlessly for five to ten years, it should round into very fine drinking shape far earlier.