Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
September 20–October 24, 2016
T.A.: 0.57 g / 100ml
20 months, 39 new (100% French oak)
Our 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon brims with ripe, concentrated aromas of black currant and blackberry with a roasted coffee and mocha background, underscored by threads of faint floral notes. This wine’s lush core of bright blackberry, cherry and red currant are complemented by expressive toasted notes on the mid-palate. The finish is full of lingering flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee, tobacco and spice. Firmly textured tannins with fresh, balanced acidity make this Cabernet the perfect pairing for portbraised beef short ribs topped with mint leaves.
The fruit for our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was carefully selected from prime vineyards in some of Napa Valley’s best regions, including Atlas Peak, St. Helena, Oak Knoll and Rutherford. Winemaker Joe Shirley’s commitment to sourcing fruit from the best regions in Napa ensures a classic wine that showcases the essence of a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2016 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures, though welcomed rains occurred in the late winter and early spring after years of drought. Bud break was early though slowed with April showers leading to a harvest that was still early, though with a heavier crop than the 2015 vintage.
The grapes were hand-harvested in the cool morning hours to ensure optimal flavor. At the winery, the fruit was hand-sorted, gently de-stemmed and lightly crushed. Following a 12 to 21-day maceration period to maximize color and flavor extraction and to also polish the tannins, the wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels.