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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Eagle Summit, Howell Mountian
“Lots of ripe fruit with dried berry, chocolate and some walnut. It’s chewy and flavorful. Needs a couple of years to soften. Better after 2022.”
Coming from Howell Mountain, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Eagle Summit Vineyard (100% Cabernet) is another terrific looking barrel sample. Still aging in new French oak, it has classic Howell Mountain blueberry and cassis fruit, lots of leafy herbs, and a distinct minerality to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. As with the Rutherford release, it has terrific purity of fruit.
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mee Lane, Rutherford
A typical 2016 with plenty of ripe fruit, yet it’s firm and well-framed with attractively ripe tannins that are formed and firm. It’s medium-to full-bodied. Delicious finish. Drink or hold.
This is solidly built, with a core of dark currant and fig preserves rolling through, lined with black licorice and carried by loam and singed cedar accents on the finish. A bit obvious in style, but should certainly have fans. Best from 2022 through 2032. Tasted twice, with consistent notes - JM
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Steffensen Vineyard, Coombsville
A nice combination of chocolate and berry aromas and flavors with some walnut. Medium body, firm tannins and a medium chewy finish. Hint of jam at the end. Give it a few years to soften.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Steffensen Vineyard comes from the Coombsville AVA and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that’s aging in 95% French and 5% American oak. Graphite, camphor, blackberry, blueberry and spice notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, pure, balanced, certainly outstanding Napa Cabernet.
Has a mature hint, with an apple wood note peeking out along the edges of the cassis and blackberry puree-filled core, before asserting itself a bit more on the slightly old school finish. Drink now through 2024. 200 cases made. – JM
2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietors Reserve
Special Silk Screen Bottle
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from two special vineyards from renowned appellations of Napa Valley. The top two barrels were selected from each vineyard and married together to produce this amazing bottle of wine that will have you coming back for more. It’s flavorful, rich and bold with a long, unforgettable finish.
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mee Lane, Rutherford
From Rutherford, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mee Lane is one of the gems in the lineup and boasts fabulous purity and elegance, as well as full-bodied, concentrated notes of blackcurrants, cassis, camphor and spicy oak. Aging in 100% new French oak, this impeccably balanced beauty is going to keep for 15-20+ years.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mee Lane is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, it is another juicy, grapy and richly fruity, fat and unctuously textured Cabernet Sauvignon that is evidence of the low yields and very ripe Cabernet fruit that was brought in from this low-yielding vintage. This should turn out to be stunning once it develops more delineation and personality
A big and rich red with full body, soft and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Very generous and a little overdone this year.
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Steffensen Vineyard, Coombsville
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Steffensen Vineyard seems significantly more concentrated than the 2013, with dense blackberry and blueberry fruit, sweet tannin, and the sucrosity that is a hallmark of this vintage. This looks to be greatly superior to its sibling from 2013.
A juicy and rich cab with currant and chocolate character. Full body, soft and round tannins and a flavorful finish. A little old-school, but soft and juicy.A juicy and rich cab with currant and chocolate character. Full body, soft and round tannins and a flavorful finish. A little old-school, but soft and juicy.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Steffensen Vineyard is 100% varietal and comes from a site in the cooler Coombsville region of the valley. It reveals the standard saturated purple color that’s common in this vintage as well as perfumed and lifted notes of crème de cassis, plums, crushed violets, incense and licorice. Rich, medium to full-bodied, nicely textured and pure, it has plenty to love as well.
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2013 J. Moss Spicer Vineyard, Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon
“A striking mix of structure, focus and dimension, rich and direct, with complex flavors of dark berry, spice, floral, fresh earth and cedar. Ends with taut, fine-grained tannins and excellent length. Drink now through 2032”
“A big and dense red with berry and chocolate character. Toasted oak, too. Full-bodied and powerful finish.”