Aromas of crème de cassis and crème de mure arrive first, followed by baked black stone fruits, licorice and a light smokiness. The mouthfeel is seamless, and a nice acidity keeps the freshness going through. This is a fruit-forward wine, with ample plum and cherry, and a slight mineral tone of crushed brick. The tannins are nice, soft and well-integrated. The finish delivers sage, cigar box and vanilla notes.
The Tamber Bey Oakville Estate is located at the southern end of Napa Valley’s famous Oakville Appellation, just north of Yountville. It has gravel/loam soil that is relatively shallow and well-suited for Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is planted with more than 9,500 cane-pruned vines, clones 337 and 4, in a tight planting formation on 3 acres.