2016 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2019 - 2027 (Edit)
CT95.7 15 reviews
Label borrowed from 2015
Label borrowed from 2004
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • Yack Man Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 26, 2019 - Great Carter wine ironically, I liked the 2017 better. Despite the lower scores attributed thus far to the 2017's Carters, I think it's going to come around and surprise many on the good side. (See previous tasting notes). 95+ Points.

  • Cabernetking Likes this wine: 97 points

    March 23, 2019 - Phenomenal.

  • cablover123 Likes this wine: 94 points

    March 8, 2019 - PNP and consumed over three hours, improved with time. The nose is of a Carter....tobacco, dark fruit and oak. It is a nose that you continue to appreciate. Very fruit forward with blackberries, blueberries and black cherries punching me in the mouth. Long finish. While Carter drinks well young, I will let this rest another 2 years.

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  • Badmonkey wrote: 95 points

    February 24, 2019 - Get together with a friend and we decided to drink the 2016 Carter cab next to the 2016 Carter Weitz to see how the compare - considering buying more since both are still available in the secondary market. A wide spectrum of fruit which isn't a surprise since it is a blend of their single vineyard cabs - blackberry, dark currants, dark raspberry, dark cherry, blueberry, and a little plum. Smooth mid-palate with solid depth/concentration and a nice purity. Rich/vibrant flavors of dark berries, some spice, a little chocolate/mocha, and a mineral/graphite component. Fairly long finish. Decanted for one hour and drank over a couple more. Improved a little with time but drinking quite well after the decant despite its youth. A nice wine, however, in my opinion it doesn't have the distinct traits of their single vineyard cabs which makes them so special - for me it comes across as a blend which makes sense because it is a blend. Overall I thought the quality of fruit was right there with the Carter Weitz but I would give a slight edge to the Weitz because I preferred the flavor profile. WA anticipated maturity 2022 to 2052 which seems a little lengthy - I can't argue giving this vintage some more time to let it open-up some more, however, I thought it was drinking quite well at this stage with a decent decant. 95+. 100% cab.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

    February 8, 2019 - 2017 Carter tasting + other Carters (Carter Cellars (Envy Wines) - Calistoga): 2015 & 2016 Carter-Carter Cabernets side-by-side.

    BIG fruit on the front end here, with a dark, rich blast of fruit and cassis flavors coming straight at you full steam ahead. A more hedonistic experience than the 2015 by comparison, ending with a chewy finish that offers wonderful texture and mouthfeel. Some welcomed acid sprints up to the back end and shepherds the core into its proper corral.

    Compelling now, but likely worth some short-term cellaring just to get all the parts to fall into place. 95-96+ points. Try again in 2020+.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    North Coast Part 1: Napa Valley's Incredible 2016s, 1/31/2019 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Carter Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • In Cellars 149 (82%)
  • Consumed 32 (18%)

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