2016 Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon

A breadth of flavors, including raspberry, grenadine, pomegranate, ripe plum, shortbread, chocolate, mint, fresh rosemary, Alsatian spice, and savory marine notes, emerge from this compelling wine that is simultaneously dense, structured and elegant, with continually evolving layers of fruit and spice.

Our Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from 100% Clone 337 cabernet sauvignon planted in several choice blocks on our estate. This selection of cabernet is one that needs a warm, sunny site and plenty of hangtime in order to ripen fully, but when able to achieve peak ripeness, it develops a complex, perfumey character, round texture, and tannins that integrate into the wine at an early stage. As a result, it produces a graceful wine that balances power and elegance beautifully. In comparison to our bolder Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the Vintner Select shows less imposing tannins in its youth and features a velvety suppleness with endless persistence in the mouth.

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Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2016
Harvest: September 2016
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.5%
Bottling: July 2018
Production: 648 cases
Release Date: January 2019
Release Price: $98.00


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  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: September 2019 - Rating: 94+

    Made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley and with roughly 50% new oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Select has a very deep garnet-purple color and explodes from the glass with pronounced, well-defined notes of blackcurrant cordial, baked black plums, blueberry pie and black cherry preserves plus touches of cedar chest, camphor, dark chocolate and star anise with a hint of pencil shavings. The medium to full-bodied palate is no shrinking violet, giving up bags of expressive black fruit and a firm level of finely grained tannins, finishing on a lingering menthol note. 648 cases produced.

  • California Grapevine: Volume 45 - Rating: 92

    Medium-dark ruby color; attractive, forward, rich, ripe, deep, black cherry, cassis, and blackberry fruit aroma with herbal and earthy notes, and hints of mint and milk chocolate; full body; big, deep, rich, nicely balanced, elegant, red and dark berry fruit flavors with a hint of mocha, and a smooth, velvety mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Developed some complexity with airing in the glass and is very enjoyable to drink now and over the near term, though worthy of a good five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 648 cases; 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (CS); released January 2019. (Group Score: 16.7 of 20 points, 3 of 8 first-place votes/2 seconds/2 thirds; My Score: 17 [92 of 100 points], first place)

  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: August - Rating: 91

    Very much built along the lines of its Reserve sibling, this full and generously stuffed effort gets its high commendation for its ripe, deep, direct black cherry, slightly berryish fruit and its solid, tight structure that will hold it in good stead for the next four to eight years at a minimum. Think about serving it alongside long-cooked short ribs or even a Texas-style barbecued brisket in order to let the wine show off its muscles.

  • Wine Enthusiast: January 2020 - Rating: 92

    This is a succulent, high-toned and floral red, 100% varietal, that shows a softness of texture and well-integrated incorporation of oak. Dried herb, dark chocolate and bold red-berry fruit combine effortlessly and with complexity around rounded tannins and lasting elegance. VIRGINIE BOONE