Reynolds Family Winery Estate 200 Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California

Reynolds Family winery’s 9-1/2 acre home vineyard sits in the shadow of Atlas Peak, just south of Stags Leap, where it enjoys cool breezes from San Pablo Bay to the south. The growing conditions here are ideal for producing big, rich, complex wines. The vineyard was first planted it in 1996 using ‘bench grafted vines’ which were quite new back then. With bench grafting, the plants are raised at the nursery for one to two years before planting. This cuts about a year off the vine’s development, allowing it to deliver usable fruit in its fourth leaf rather than its fifth. The estate is planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon. 2016 vintage – 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot. 82% fermented in tank, 18% in open-top barrel. Tasting Note: This Cabernet Sauvignon is rich on the nose, with dense, tightly focused notes of black cherry, star anise and subtleties of cedar, leather and candied red fruits. The flavors weave together on the palate with ripe blackberries and warm baking spices to create an elegant mouthfeel.