Schug Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sonoma Valley, California

2016 vintage – 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 100% Sonoma Valley, blended in the classic Bordeaux style. Fermented 12 days in stainless steel tanks, punched down up to 4 times daily. Aged 24 months in 20% new French oak barrels. This supple and generous Cabernet Sauvignon blend is crafted in the classic Bordeaux style that Walter Schug pioneered in the 1970’s as winemaster of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. A ripe mouthful of currant and cherry flavors is framed by fine tannins and a touch of spicy oak. It has a classic bouquet bursting with berries, cassis and spice. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are blended in to add depth and elegance, further enhancing the bright berry flavors and lively acidity.