2016 Alejandro Bulgheroni Cabernet Sauvignon Lithology Dr. Crane

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2019 - 2030 (Edit)
CT96.2 6 reviews
Label borrowed from 2017

Community Tasting Notes 5

  • brasstab Likes this wine: 96 points

    March 1, 2021 - A visceral thrill, from the first pop to many glasses following a two-hour decant. A vibrant, complex nose of dark fruit, leather, tobacco -- and a heapin' helpin' of spice -- followed by a rich, brambly center and a seductive, pepper-laced finish. I think I like these Lithologies better than the house wine.

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  • joshabramson Likes this wine: 98 points

    June 9, 2020 - My second bottle of 16’ Lithology, first was Las Peidras. I wish I could taste them side by side, but just based on memory I would say that I like this bottle slightly more than the Piedras, but both are excellent. This easily stands up to the best wines from Napa, what a treat. So much finesse and balance — big, rich fruit with extremely fine tannins, and nice acidity. Love this wine... probably the best Napa cab I’ve ever had for under $200/bottle.

  • dmwilsondvm Likes this wine: 98 points

    December 7, 2019 - Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate (Estate near Meadowood): Brilliant wine. Was fantastic to have after an Arrow and Branch Crane vertical. This wine is an excellent representation of this vineyard. The plush, rich, silky smooth Crane vibe is here. Dark fruit, blueberry pie. Less of the spice/cedar tones than the Piedras, but a touch of graphite gives it a bit of earthiness (almost like a Cortina gravel nuance). Has 100 point potential. 98+.

  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 98 points

    July 19, 2019 - Tasting at Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate (St Helena near Meadowood): This was my favorite wine of the AB tasting, which is saying something because I thought many were spectacular. Stunning purple in the glass, showing super pure and gorgeous violets, ripe black cherry, cassis, chocolate, wet stone, herbal notes and hints of tobacco. On the palate, a perfect silky mouthfeel frames opulent mostly blue fruit that cascades over the pallet in wonderful waves of flavor. True to the site, this also has excellent mineral driven notes and shows a nice sturdy backbone and fine grained tannins. The finish is long a absolutely satisfying. This is ready to compete with the top tier of Dr Crane producers.

  • sjdcellar Likes this wine: 96 points

    July 8, 2019 - Tasted with Michael at the AB tasting room near Meadowood. This stuff is pretty fantastic - tastes as good as the team that made it. Super smooth and very concentrated with upfront black fruits and dark chocolate. Small production and expensive but it seems to measure up.

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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 Alejandro Bulgheroni
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Lithology
  • Vineyard Dr. Crane
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 13 (8%)
  • In Cellars 124 (79%)
  • Consumed 20 (13%)

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