Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California

2016 vintage – 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. From vineyards in Stags Leap, Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, Saint Helena, Rutherford & Calistoga AVAs, each have their own unique flavor and structure. Aged 16 months in French oak, 80% new. The grapes were destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor, before a combination of tank and barrel fermentation was used to provide a richer, more textured palate. The wine was gently basket-pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. “This wine is vibrant dark purple with a fuchsia rim. The nose is expressive, with aromas of red fruit, cassis and toast. The wine is full-bodied, packed with flavors of boysenberry, raspberry and black cherry, along with notes of sweet tobacco, cedar and vanilla. Supple tannins carry through to a lingering finish.” – from the Winery.