About the Wine
In the Napa Valley, the Salvestrins are known by wine enthusiasts for their dedication to the production of handcrafted, uniquely expressive estate wines, by their neighbors and friends for their sustainability efforts and by wine club members for their authentic hospitality. Established in 1932 by Italian Immigrants John & Emma Salvestrin the estate was used to sell grapes after prohibition. Third Generation, Rich Salvestrin, took the estate to new heights in 1994 when the inaugural vintage of the Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon made its triumphant debut.
The Estate has been family owned and operated for 88 years. Since its inception, the family has maintained sustainable practices in the vineyard and in the winery. Both the vineyards and winery are certified Napa Green. Keep an eye out for the Salvestrin's top bottling produced from the coveted Dr. Crane Vineyard.
Aging: 21 months in 40% new French Oak
Tasting notes: Red Wine. 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc. This majestic Cabernet opens up with notes of plum, Italian leather, fresh tobacco leaf, black olive, and a trace of white pepper. Robust and rich, this opulent wine features mouth-coating tannins that are refined, powdery, and slightly chalky. Structured yet smooth, black cherry comes through on the long, lingering finish.
A dark-fruited nose with plums and blackberries, as well as black truffle and earthy notes. The palate has a supple and even thread of blueberry flavor and supple, layered tannins. A blend of 89 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. Drink or hold. ~92 James Suckling
From a gem of a vineyard in St. Helena and a mix of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Syrah, and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane Vineyard Estate offers a fresh, complex bouquet of plums, blueberries, gravelly minerality, and incense. It's more focused and streamlined compared to the Three D release (which is a 2015), has terrific purity of fruit, medium body, and good length. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years. ~91 Jeb Dunnuck
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