Blackberry, cassis, plum and currant aromas greet the nose, surrounded by black olives, anise, leather and cigar box. Notes of graphite and crushed stone mingle with just a hint of cool mint. Robust and full bodied, an undercurrent of restrained power is palpable just below the surface at the core of this wine. Firm, fine grained tannins provide ample backbone for the layers of boysenberry, black cherry, licorice and dried herb flavors. Meaty and fleshy while retaining an overall elegance, it finishes with authority and finesse.
Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A barrel sample composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon with 12% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve displays notes of crème de cassis, pure plums, beef drippings, iron ore and dried herbs with touches of pencil lead and cedar. The fruit on the medium-bodied palate is totally singing at this nascent stage, offering vibrant blackberry layers, nice ripe tannins and a long, earthy finish. Barrel Sample: 91-93
Schedule to be bottled in June of next year, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot and the balance Merlot) is beautiful. Cassis, plums, licorice and spring flowers all emerge from this downright hedonistic, plump, sexy, beauty of a Cabernet that's a smoking value. Like with the 2015 this will end up spending 20 months in 50% new French oak. Barrel Sample: 91-93
(50% new French oak) Opaque ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented dark fruit, rose pastille, vanilla and cola aromas, along with smoky oak and cola overtones. Palate-staining cherry, black currant and spicecake flavors are lifted and sharpened by a spine of juicy acidity. Gains flesh and weight with air and finishes appealingly sweet and very long, displaying persistent dark berry and spice notes and smooth, slow-mounting tannins.
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