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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

 

2016 Near-Perfect Growing Season

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2016 Near-perfect growing season

The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and wrapped up as the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. Wines from the 2016 vintage are now quietly developing in cellars throughout Napa Valley and vintners are pinching themselves and smiling for the gift it appears Mother Nature has given them: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines.

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