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2016 Napa Valley Red Wine

2016 Napa Valley Red Wine

The 2016 Red Wine is dark, powerful and juicy, with terrific fruit intensity from start to finish. Black cherry, chocolate, plum, licorice and spice infuse this pliant, super-expressive wine, with a kiss of French oak that adds the closing touch. Time in the glass brings out a kick of brightness that nicely balances some of the wine's more overt leanings.  Drinking window: 2021 - 2031

51% Malbec, 39% Cabernet, 10% Cabernet Franc

Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: October 2018

$75 per bottle (sold in increments of 3) ~ 225 cases produced


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VINTAGE: 2016 vintage after a three year drought cycle, was a dream vintage, with quality along the lines of 2014 and 2015.  A wet winter caused the vines to water awaken very early. Substantial rains in late February and early March relieved most of the stress and set up the vines for a vigorous start, which was followed by continued dry conditions throughout the growing season.  The summer weather was perfect for the grapes, with no heat spikes or sudden temperature swings. 

VINIFICATION:  Arriving in small picking lugs from the vineyards, the clusters were hand sorted, de-stemmed and hand sorted again, berry by berry. A two day cold soak was followed by primary fermentation in small, open-top stainless steel tanks.  Following an extended maceration, the fruit was gently pressed and the wine moved to barrel for secondary fermentation. The wine was aged for 19 months in rare 100% New French Artisan Oak barrels with minimal racking.  Multiple, blending trials, determined the final blend, which was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2016
Varietal Red Blend
Appellation Napa Valley
Alcohol % 14.6