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
Concentrated citrus, green apple and nectarine flavors are framed by rich acidity. The crystalline finish is loaded with mineral and savory accents. Drink now through 2022.
Aged 20 months in 63% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville District Collection is deep garnet-purple colored with decadent preserved plums, crème de cassis, sandalwood and chargrill scents with wafts of dried roses and lavender. The palate is medium to full-bodied with bags of finesse and great freshness, framed by fine-grained tannins and finishing long and perfumed. 234 cases produced.
The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon St Helena District Collection (aged 20 months in 70% new French oak) opens with baked cherries, warm plums and crème de cassis with hints of dusty soil, iron ore, mossy bark and tobacco. Big, concentrated and full, the palate is packed with rich fruit and framed by firm, grainy tannins, finishing long and earthy. 477 cases produced.