Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016
Our 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon delivers mouth filling, deeply intense blackberry fruit across the palate with clove and cardamom spice complexity and dusty tannins that add structure to the juicy fullness of the fruit.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Fruit for our Napa Valley Cabernet includes two of the valley’s most renowned sub-appellations: Oakville, located on a well-drained alluvial bench, and Stag’s Leap district, coming from our Wappo Hill Vineyard. The varying mesoclimates and soils of these vineyard sites elicit a wonderfully concentrated, expressive, and classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and are combined with fruit from a number of the area’s finest vineyards for the perfect expression of the region.
Generous winter rains helped alleviate the drought conditions of the past four years, and the 2016 growing season started early. Throughout the summer months, we enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs and cool evenings, providing balancing acidity to our sun-ripened grapes. The near-perfect growing season continued through harvest and our grapes were safely in the cellar as the valley’s first significant rainstorm arrived late October. We are grateful for a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines. Our selected grapes for our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine were picked between September 9th an October 11th.
The grapes were hand harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently de-stemmed directly into traditional oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration-a total of 24 days of wine to skin contact–maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into French oak barrels (19% new) for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 17 months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in May 2018.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Acid: 6.3 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.29 g/L
Aromas of dark berries, spearmint and mint follow through to a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a beautiful finish. Shows tension and beauty. Drink after 2022.
James Suckling – JamesSuckling.com, May 3, 2019
The value-priced 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is well worth seeking out and is ideal for readers who feel all the wines in Napa are over-priced. This sexy, rounded effort sports a deep inky color as well as upfront cassis and jammy blackberry fruits, medium body, sweet tannins, and terrific overall balance.
Jeb Dunnuck – JebDunnuck.com, January 31, 2019
A direct, focused style, with a core of steeped cherry and plum preserves flavors, liberally lined with toasted vanilla and licorice notes. Sports a pleasant tug of earth at the end of the juicy finish. Textbook Cabernet.
J.M. – Wine Spectator, January 28, 2019