Red

2016 Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon VHR

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 29

  • jimyeni Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 4, 2020 - Needs more time to be sure but wanted to check in on how it was coming along. Such a balanced wine, beautiful nose with weight but not too much weight. Love these wines.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Mark1npt Likes this wine: 97 points

    March 21, 2020 - Ok......the WOTN brought by HMC to the dinner tonight but it took a while to get there. Maybe 4 hours. Just a point better than the Fourmeaux. Got better over the 3-4 hours of air. The wood/tannins had to calm down a bit to reveal the fruit and acidity for what it was. There is a bit of shoe leather and shoe polish here on top of the fruit at the end. This is a big wine, but you can't just pnp. There is some prodigious sediment in the bottle so pour carefully. Curious to see what my lone bottle of this does over the next 2-3 years.

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  • HowellMountainCru Likes this wine: 96 points

    March 21, 2020 - PNP and then drank over 3 hours. Up against a formidable lineup of Cabs and cab francs. To my surprise was not head and shoulders above the other wines tonight. Having said this, this is an excellent. refined, modern Napa Cabernet. It has a solid nose of bramble fruit and cedar wood which is echoed on the palate. It has great glide and mouth filling fruit, which is hard to pin down but really a unique combination of blue and red. At first I described it as elderberry but not sure that quite nails it. In any event the fruit is well balanced with almost perfect acidity. Finish was very good but not outstanding.

    What can I say, excellent wine but certainly not the 100 pointer I was hoping for. Not even sure it was better than the 2013 Del Dotto we had as an afterthought. 96+

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  • TXRDW wrote: 98 points

    February 16, 2020 - First VHR and I wasn’t let down. Insane finish and mouth feel, this wine sneaks up on you as it is quite understated... at first. Incredible balance, initially showing dark fruit and minerals with secondary notes of plum and black cherry. This wine is quite young, with strong tannins that as they soften over the coming years will reveal the truly stunning wine that is still hidden behind the curtains. 98 for now... but over time should likely grow into its full 100 point potential.

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  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    January 7, 2020 - Another Year, Another Napa (aka Winter in Wineland IV); 1/5/2020-1/11/2020 (Napa/Sonoma California): The 100 pointer (not sure if that breaks CT rules, but I won't give you any more details and it was fairly well publicized). What I'll say is, if you like this wine and appreciate the hundred points, drink other Bruce wines. This is great, but it's not greater than the other ones he's produced. He produces spectacular wines basically every vintage. If the critics just figured that out, good on them, but don't be a critic slave. What I love about this wine is similar to what I've loved about his others. There's freshness here. He's got real acidity. A plushy fruit character. A wine that has the chops to age (and personally, I think they all need the age, these are wines built to stand the test of time and it's not necessarily to consume them imminent to release). Class and structure. I see why this appealed to the critics. Compared to the past few years it's got the ability to drink early (I won't say what I think about critics where drinking early is the criterion). Balanced. This is a very well done wine. But like I pointed out earlier, it's a Bruce wine, so kindof of course it is.

    5 people found this helpful Comments (8)
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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 65 (3%)
  • In Cellars 2,176 (91%)
  • Consumed 143 (6%)

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