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2016 BRAND Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2023 - 2031 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 27, 2021 - H2H 2016 Brand Cabernet vs 2017 (I know right) La Pelle Reserve. La Pelle Reserve (2017 WTF) won hands down and it’s 2017.

    The 2016 Brand is built with all the stuffings but it is in a state of disorder. This needs a couple more years before it comes together.

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  • sirpat00 wrote: 94 points

    February 25, 2021 - Virtual tasting with proprietor Jim Bean. Lots of sexy sweet notes, dark and red currant fruit which is reflected by fruity, but also herbal, palate. Finely textured. Couldn't match the aromatic complexity of the 2015, but was more refined and detailed. As an experience, both were on a par. I you want to open a bottle, best to go for the 2016 now and cellar the 2015 for few more years.

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  • Vineyard Boy Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 18, 2020 - Decanted for 8 hours. Reminds me of fruit loop cerial a bit. Could be a 97-98 with time.

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  • GTFreek wrote:

    July 16, 2019 - Medium plus nose is serious, black fruit, graphite, baking spice, clove, violets, spicebox, cedar. Palate unfolds into monster layers, spice tones, all the black fruits, sweet herbs, black pepper, huge style without ripping your face off, one of those where each taste is worth multiple tastes of lesser wine. Structure shows high tannins, high alcohol, medium plus acidity. Fabulous overall, a Napa Cab that delivers on it's price point.

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  • Somm David T Likes this wine: 96 points

    January 19, 2019 - Much darker fruits than the Proprietary and not as floral. Dark, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, strawberries, bake rhubarb, cherries, cranberries & pomegranate. Vanilla, light cinnamon & clove, caramel, dark chocolate, medium spice, anise, light graphite, tobacco leaf, herbaceous notes, a little mint, dark red and bright light red florals.

    The body is beautiful, round and just full. It’s beautiful. The length, structure and balance are knitting together nicely. The florals sing and shine on the palate. Dark, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, strawberries, baked rhubarb, cherries, cranberries & pomegranate. Vanilla, light cinnamon & clove, caramel, dark chocolate, medium spice, anise, light graphite, tobacco leaf, herbaceous notes, a little mint, dark red, and bright light red florals. Their 2016 vintage all possess amazing acidity. The finish on Cabernet is better earlier than the Proprietary. It’s seamless, elegant, ripe, floral, balanced fruit & earth and persistent.

    One producer note, Owners - Ed and Deb Fitts are in the process of transferring ownership of the winery to Jim Bean and Christine O'Sullivan. Jim and Christine have been grape growers in the Napa Valley for many years. They also both held senior leadership positions at Apple as well. At this point and time, it is believed that Winemaker Philippe Melka will continue to make their wines.

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

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

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Wine Definition

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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 583 (84%)
  • Consumed 108 (16%)

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