Red

2016 Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon VHR

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • KPB wrote: 98 points

    April 19, 2019 - Decided that although I am going to stick to unleavened bread and other traditional foods at Passover, I would drink a really young wine.... Maybe one could make the case that one should drink young wine with bread baked under a hot sun in the desert? In fact the 2016 is already lovely, although I expect to hold my other bottles until age 12 or so.

    At this very early stage, the wine is a bit muted and yet the nose is amazing even so, with a base of cassis and than that dash of lavender (presumably, just a tiny amount of Cabernet Franc). The nose shows many intricate nuances, with darker aromas of tobacco and creosote, forest loam, and yet this basic plush, rising fruit and floral dimension. Intense yet not at all overripe, this is a fairly powerful wine for VHR (the local style normally is a bit more restrained), electrifying acidity and firm tannins that still convey a sense of polish. I think this is a sensational wine and someday will merit the VM 100pts. But I tend to score them based on "right now", so I'll go with 98+.

    Day two: Now I'm sure it will merit the VM 100pts. With a full day of air the nose is actually a bit less interesting, but the tannic bite has resolved and the texture of the wine is like velvet. The faded aromatics are normal for a young cab, nothing to worry about there -- at age 15, the incredible nose I found yesterday is still going to be the main story. But these velvety tannins will be part of that story, by then.

    What a stunning wine... I'm so impressed!

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  • jimyeni Likes this wine: 97 points

    April 8, 2019 - Napa April 2019; 4/6/2019-4/9/2019 (Napa, CA): At first preferred the 2015 but with a bit of time in the glass the 2016 was absolutely singing. A bit more red and black fruit over the mostly red fruit on the 2015. Soft mouth feel, silky, long finish and pure fruit throughout. Said the 2015 was a notch above everything else we tasted this trip. This was even better than that. Awesome.

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  • Lateva wrote: 98 points

    April 7, 2019 - Double decanted back into bottle and served 10 hours later. This wine is amazing. Had it a year ago, tasting with Bruce at VHR and felt it was nearly 100pts. I still feel the same. Even with the double decant, the structure is still huge and imposing, but with great balance. Looking forward to tasting this in 10 years. If you are opening this now, give it a TON of air.

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  • MJP Hou TX Likes this wine: 100 points

    April 4, 2019 - Opened on a Thursday and finished on Sunday. I get the perfect score from AG. It needs time in the bottle as all the structure is there for perfect intagration. This is a must have for the cellar.

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  • Griffeyfan04 Likes this wine: 100 points

    March 25, 2019 - WOTY so far for me. Pure silky fruit, hint of baking spices, tannins are just velvety to compliment the wine. Had two bottles and they both were outstanding, if you can break one open now and drink before it goes to sleep

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    Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernets (Dec 2018), 12/1/2018 (link)

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    Brilliance in Napa Valley: 2016 & 2015 Cabernets (Jan 2018), 1/18/2018 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Vine Hill Ranch
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation VHR
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 93 (7%)
  • In Cellars 1,266 (91%)
  • Consumed 38 (3%)

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