A deep ruby colour immediately gives away to the dark fruit and savoury spices that mark the near-perfect 2016 vintage in Napa Valley. Blackberry and mulling spices lift out of the glass, with hints of black olive and underbrush. Lucious boysenberry and cranberry fruit...
From Napa Valley, a concentrated and juicy blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, of which a portion is aged in new French oak barriques. Dark ruby in the glass with cassis, liquid blueberry, earthy florals, cedar spice and smoky vanilla flavours on the palate. Tannins are fine and velvety. Drink or hold.
Ripe black cherry and plum are shaded by savory tones of tobacco, spice and earth in this richly textured yet finessed wine. It's full bodied and succulent but balanced by crisp acidity and a tannic frame. Immediately enjoyable it should hold through 2022. -ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA
Coming from the Monte Rosso and Lesdon Terraces vineyards in the Sonoma Mountain AVA, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain checks in as 100% Cabernet that spent 20 months in 30% new French oak. A big, ripe Cabernet Sauvignon, it sports a deep purple hue to go with top-notch cassis and blueberry fruit as well as notes of spice box, cedar, and dried herbs. Rich and medium to full-bodied, it has a savory, structured feel on the palate and should evolve for 10-15 years. It will be best with 2-3 years of bottle age.
A polished Napa Valley Cab from Buena Vista, rich, layered and full-bodied with ripe dark plum, black currant, blackberry, meaty, minty and cedar spice flavours on the palate. Smooth with structured tannins and balanced acidity. Love the long and juicy dark cherry finish.
Robust in tobacco, black pepper and toasted oak, this robustly ripe wine is thick in plum and dark cherry, with a brooding quality to the fruit. Supple tannins provide structure and softness, adding length to the rich, layered finish.