Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1.5L 2016
About This Wine
On the nose: Concentrated, deep nose with touches of macerated strawberries, daffodils, tulips, black pepper, slate, oregano, oranges, chocolate
On the palate: Powerful but round entrance evolving on a dense mid-palate with structured tannins lingering on fresh fruit, cassis, pomegranate, dark cherry, tobacco leaf
Blend: 192% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Fermentation: 96% barrel fermented, 4% stainless steel fermented
Aging: 22 months, 100% French oak, 75% new, 25% 1-year-old barrels
2016 was a near-perfect growing season thanks to ideal weather conditions, giving Napa Valley another winner in a series of historic vintages. Spring budbreak came early due to dry and relatively warm soils from a drought winter. There was a slight carry-over effect of that advanced timing in producing a low flower count and lighter fruit set (fewer potential grapes and smaller clusters at maturity). However, the thinner grape population was actually beneficial as it focused the vine’s flavor energy on fewer bunches. Minimal heat spells and consistently cool nights across the summer months allowed the clusters to ripen slowly and evenly while protecting their vitally important natural acidity.