Sterling Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
The power of Napa shows in the rich, deeply red garnet color with aromas and flavors of dark red and black fruits, including black cherry, raspberry, blackberry and ripe plum. Notes of mocha, oak spice and cassis are accented with sea salt caramel and vanilla bean. Intense and full-bodied, the wine is balanced and well-structured with seamless acidity and evident but pleasing tannins. Approachable and welcoming now, the wine will continue to evolve and reveal more of its personality over the next decade.
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
James SucklingCassis, redcurrants, fresh herbs, raspberries and red licorice. Medium-bodied with good savoriness to bolster the red berries and acidity crunch. Drink now.
Wine SpectatorA ripe and friendly style, with a crowd-pleasing beam of cassis and cherry preserve flavors, laced with light vanilla and red licorice notes. The rounded finish reveals a flash of singed herbs, but the fruit wins out easily. Drink now through 2023. 12,200 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is blended of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Petite Sirah, 1% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc, aged for 16 months in French, American and Hungarian oak (30% new). Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals crushed red and black currants, Black Forest cake and menthol notes with hints of cloves, black pepper and tree bark. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with juicy black fruits and a plush frame, finishing with a minty lift. 12,200 cases produced.