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Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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SKU: 653030016
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 20–October 24, 2016
T.A.: 0.57 g / 100ml
20 months, 39 new (100% French oak)
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
91 Points: “Cool and rather shy with minty freshness, this is an unusual Napa Cabernet and the interplay of sour cherries and moderately crisp tannins on the palate makes it a rare, food-friendly wine for this category. Drink or hold.” —James Suckling
Vineyard Notes
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.
Production Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.
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