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2016 BRAND Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "BRIO"

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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CT91.9 14 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 12

  • Kdad Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 13, 2021 - Opened up to oak. After 15 minutes, fruit emerged, well balanced.
    Better then 6 months ago. Much more flavor.

  • msuwine wrote: 85 points

    May 25, 2021 - This ripe and blowsy Cabernet blend strikes me as confected and over-priced, so please read no further if you're looking for affirmation on a purchase already made. I'm an unapologetic fan of modern Napa Valley, but this is the Valley at its high-end worst, with generic flavor (e.g., fruit, alcohol, tannin, and acidity...check!) but nothing more (e.g., originality, tension, um... no). Maybe this is in a jammy awkward phase, but this second wine tastes like a third one. Pick your adjective - ugh, yuck, sigh - I can't remember another wine that I've more resented the price tag.

    Dark purple in color; full in body; nose of Baby Ruth, milk chocolate, and cherry liqueur. Flavors of blueberry pie, Hershey bar, and cherry cola, with a sweet and generic finish (read: if you tasted it in a $15 grocery store wine, you'd be fine; otherwise, no.) I enjoy many Melka wines, but this has way too much vanilla milkshake to be impressive (especially for a mountain wine). Blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Decant long enough to drink some (a lot of) good wine first, but probably just wait a few years and hope for the best. 15.4% alcohol.

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  • sirpat00 wrote: 92 points

    May 24, 2021 - A glass from an open bottle in a restaurant. Second or third time having this. No doubt a decent wine, but for my liking too ripe – even if not yet cooked – fruit, especially for the vintage. Otherwise harmonious and palatable. Had this back to back to the Vaso 2015 which I clearly prefer. 4th time having this in 2 years and consistently scoring 91-93.

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  • RockinCabs wrote: 88 points

    May 24, 2021 - Big and relatively generic high end Napa Cab. Very polished red and blue fruit, minerality, florals and dark spice notes. Higher abv apparent. Generous fruit,, expensive oak and a flashy finish. A good wine, awful QPR. Where will it be in 10yrs?

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  • wdcwineguys Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 8, 2021 - Needed about and hour of air. Expressive nose of black fruit, leather, cassis. Full bodied, long finish. Probably one of the best vintages of Brio I’ve had.

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

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Wine Definition

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

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 222 (64%)
  • Consumed 125 (36%)

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