2016 Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon VHR

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2023 - 2042 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 17

  • GQG Likes this wine: 100 points

    October 7, 2019 - Maybe the wine of the '16 vintage right here for me, right up there at the top with the Carter O.G. and the Vice Versa Magnificent Seven. Amazing juice, and a revelation of sorts as this is my initial foray into the wines of VHR.

    A lifted, floral nose worth contemplating is so fine that one is compelled to proceed. Purity of red fruit is the initial sensation but almost instantly, waves of dark, earthy, savory fruit combine with a wonderful jolt of acidity to fully energize the attack. No sleepwalking into the mid-palate! With all senses focused and on full alert, the core fruit somehow continues to expand beyond even heightened expectations! Velvety tannins add grip, directing the by now cascading waves of refined and pure fruit across the top, mid, lower, and nether regions of the palate. All of this complexity of red and dark fruit is pushed through and sustained on the lengthy finish by the energetic acidity and notable minerality. This is a special wine; perfectly balanced, intense, silky, flavorful, complex, energetic, and alive.

    Needs about an hour in the decanter to really jump out of the glass. Trying one now is no crime; it's a revelation.

    6 people found this helpful Comments (23)
  • Vinomazing wrote:

    October 5, 2019 - Purely a PN (pricing note)...some sell this for @ $225-260 (Gary's Wine & Hi-Time lowest price) and some try to rip us off at @ $445-500 (Sokolin & Vinfolio). Little research goes a long way when you can get (2) for the price of (1) elsewhere; though we would have went into the $300’s to secure this one. Happy hunting!

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  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 6, 2019 - Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

    Preface: I am typically not a red and/or higher acid profile fan unless they are absolutely killer so my intention was to go in from an educational purpose with the hopes of not really loving the wine (translate save money). Well no surprise that didn’t work.

    Now what’s interesting to me (wine enthusiast or is it dork?) is the opportunity to taste the 2016 VHR within the same weekend as the 2018 Keplinger VHR and 2018 Memento Mori VHR. Since I am not as familiar with VHR except for maybe Bond’s Vecina (limited tastings) I was really looking forward to this learning experience and what better way than to go to the source, VHR with Bruce and then try three different wine making approaches to the wines with the wine makers themselves. A bit out of order we tried MM VHR, VHR itself and then Keplinger.

    This is an exceptionally well made wine. It offers the Bordeaux style lean with red fruits but also a surprise or two of black/dark fruits with wonderful mineral driven core and a long Finish. Being such a young wine, and based on the winemakers style, there needs to be a few more years for the tannins to soften and acid to settle in a bit more. Of the three VHRs, two were 2018 barrel samples, and I reserve the right to change, I would put this at number 3 of VHRs. Keep in mind all three are insanely good, simply having to choose between fractions of each other. Unfortunately I liked this wine a lot and have jumped on the Internet to buy back vintages. This is a 95-96+ with real upside. Very well done.

    6 people found this helpful Comments (14)
  • WineForRob wrote: 99 points

    July 30, 2019 - After reading all the reviews I decided to take this with me on a family vacation. On a night where everyone else decided on margaritas my father and I sat down to share a bottle of wine. I dont have anything new to write as far as descriptors, I will say, this was obviously young and primary, but man is this delicious. As near perfect a bottle of wine as think Ive ever had. Perfection in the mouth and completely seamless. Zero hard edges but just enough grip to keep me happy. So glad I have two more. Reminded me a bit of the 2012 HSS.

    7 people found this helpful Comment
  • MJP Hou TX Likes this wine: 100 points

    July 20, 2019 - Enjoyed a bottle with Bruce in the vineyard. This truly might be the wine of the vintage for Oakville. Maybe even Napa.

    It's going to be amazing to drink this wine over the next two decades.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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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 277 (15%)
  • In Cellars 1,490 (80%)
  • Consumed 86 (5%)

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