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Already considered an outstanding, classic, and consistent vintage, 2016 Napa Cabs will draw a line in the sand as hallmarks of greatness. Cakebread gave winemaker Julianne Laks free rein to scour estate-owned ranches and family-owned vineyards across Napa Valley to find the perfect blend of grapes guaranteed to create a truly magnificent Cab.
Deep shades of purple, and rich dark-red hues, signal that this is a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate and notes of oak precede balanced acidity and firm tannins. With forward fruit, and welcome mineral undertones, this is a perfectly balanced wine that is approachable now, yet will age beautifully. The grapes from throughout the valley that were farmed to make this wine, provide a natural diversity of flavors.
One of the most respected wineries in North America, Cakebread is a second generation family business in California’s famous Napa Valley. With 40+ harvests under their belt, the Cakebread family welcomed the introduction of new farming techniques like night harvesting and whole cluster pressing, but their dedication to family and making the highest quality wines remains at the core of the business as it’s grown from family vineyard into an international multi-award winning wine company.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, aged for 17 months in 56% new French oak. Very deep garnet-purple in color, it comes strutting out of the glass with confident, classic cassis, warm plums and cedar chest notes with touches of pencil lead, bouquet garni and tilled soil plus a waft of cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with bags of black fruit and spicy sparks, framed by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering earthy note. ~91 WA
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