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2016 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville

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Community Tasting Note

  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 98 points

    March 29, 2019 - Side by side of the 15 & 16 Materium from 375mls. This was a shocking comparison, in that these two wines are so different. For my pallet at least, the 16 absolutely obliterates the 15. While the 15 seems slightly overripe and not quite as fresh as you would hope in a 100pt rated wine, the 16 is wonderfully pure and fresh, with amazing precision and a finish that goes on about 3x longer than the 15. One whiff of the aroma on these wines tells you all you need to know. It is one of the more stark contrasts I can remember from the same wine over two good vintages.

    Amazing classic nose on this wine. Creme de cassis, black currant, violets, licorice and forest floor. Full bodied, ripe but not overdone, with really strong but fine grained tannins, good acid level, exceptionally precise and great concentrated fruit intensity. As this makes its way from mid pallet to the finish, it seems to literally explode with power. It finishes over min. Texture is perfect as always with this label, and this wine is definitely a candidate for perfection in the future. This vintage seems like it has excellent aging potential. 98++

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7 Comments

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    3/29/19, 11:51 PM - Thanks for jumping in early. My shipment is on weather hold.

  • HowellMountainCru commented:

    3/30/19, 7:23 AM - Thanks for the review Cristal, very promising and great to see finish notes. I have one. Would you wait to drink?

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    3/30/19, 7:31 AM - HowellMountainCru: I would definitely let it rest for a while. I found it enjoyable this young, but the tannin was strong and I think it will certainly get better. Not sure I can say the same for the 15 edition.

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    3/30/19, 7:32 AM - LiteItOnFire: Those little half bottles are too tempting...:)

  • TXRDW commented:

    3/30/19, 8:44 AM - Great feedback, Cristal. I’m curious if anyone has made the same comparison to the Amoenus? I just got on their mailing list and I received my first shipment without ever having tried the Materium or the Amoenus and I’m trying to time my first tasting of these two wines.

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    3/30/19, 9:43 AM - Cristal2000- they are just soo cute!

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    3/30/19, 10:47 AM - TXRDW: I am not sure if anyone has made the comparison. I haven't been a buyer of the Amoenus, but I know my friend CSIMM really liked the 2015 edition.

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