JS97 James Suckling
Crushed dark fruit with licorice and black olives on the nose. Full-bodied and very lush yet reserved and melted in the palate. Fine tannins. Spreads out across the palate in a subtle way. Drink after 2020.
RP96 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Drive the Oakville Cross Road to the Silverado Trail, then look directly forward and up and you see Tierra Roja, a small four-acre jewel of a hillside vineyard. The vineyard is dotted with big rocks, and the soil is roja (very red). This wine comes from the upper steep terraces of the vineyard, directly below Dalla Valle. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Hillside features red, black and blue fruits with floral and earthy nuances plus pencil shavings and a meaty/savory undercurrent. The palate is full-bodied, firm, grainy and lively with loads of earth and mineral layers.
JD94 Jeb Dunnuck
From the upper terraces of the Tierra Roja Vineyard, which always ripens earlier, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Hillside also includes 5% Cabernet Franc sourced from the To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. This beauty has a more perfumed, classic style that carries ample crème de cassis, graphite, violets, leafy herbs, tobacco, and some savory, herbal, forest floor notes. Medium to full-bodied, silky, pure, and elegant, it’s another seamless wine from this team.
The 2016 Oakville Hillside Cabernet comes primarily from the Tierra Roja Vineyard but with a dash of amazing Cabernet Franc. This year’s version is a bit more dense and 'serious' than the 2015. It has additional depth from the richness of the 2016 vintage and ideal growing conditions for the Cabernet Franc. ‘Wow’ keeps popping up in the winemaker's notes for it.