CARTE BLANCHE 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Jeb Dunnuck

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97 points Jeb Dunnuck - A different beast, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is more backward and reticent, and while it needs 4-5 years of bottle age, is packed with potential. Both black and blue fruits, earth, tobacco, and freshly crushed rock notes all flow to a full-bodied 2016 that has plenty of fine tannins, remarkable purity of fruit, and beautiful intensity and length. Do your best to give this some bottle age, and you'll be rewarded with a phenomenal Napa Valley Cabernet that will keep for 2-3 decades.

95+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 100% French oak, the very deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon gives quite a meaty nose of chargrilled meats, charcuterie and beef drippings over a core of cassis, preserved plums and black cherries plus touches of cedar, unsmoked cigars and underbrush. Full, rich and seductive in the mouth, it has a soft, super ripe and finely grained texture with layer upon layer of black fruits, finishing long with a spicy kick. 500 cases produced.

96 points James Suckling - This is really structured with a compressed and exciting palate of intense fruit and compact tannins. Full-bodied yet reserved and holding back. Fantastic length. Give this three to four years of bottle age. Wait until 2022.

  • AVA : Napa Valley   
  • Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vineyards: Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard, Oakville
  • Soil: Stoney-loam of Missouri Hopper
  • Alcohol: 14.9% Vineyard Yields: 2.5 tons per acre average    
  • Barrel Aging: 22 months
  • Cooperage: 100% French oak barrels Darnajou, Taransaud, Sylvain 

Tasting Note: Dark and red fruits, cassis, violets, forest floor, wet stones, and a hint of lead pencil layer seamlessly throughout the nose.  A plush and generous palate opens to reveal black fruits, hint of red currant, fresh tobacco leaf, and crushed rock, all leading to a silky ultra long finish.

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