Red

2016 Arkenstone Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
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Community Tasting Notes 18

  • csimm1161 wrote:

    April 2, 2021 - About a year-and-a-half since my last having this wine. Previous notes apply, especially for the first hour of being opened. On PnP this is a beautiful expression of Napa Cabernet with restraint-meets-flavor all in nice harmony. A tinge of cedary oak remains somewhat prominent within the flavor profile throughout consumption.

    I will add that after about 1.5-2 hours of decanted air, it starts to lose traction and flattens out into a more superficial animal. The grip and acid become overly tame and tempered, with needed tension struggling to stay dynamic.

    Yes, I'm well aware of the "phases" wines can go through and all the "awkward" and "dumb" psychological reasonings that we often try to attribute to a wine we hope will not ultimately end up shifting from prized to petty in our respective collections. I know a numeric is subjective just like anything else, but as a matter of reference I would still place it in that 95-97 point range initially, but then it "shuts down" significantly into a 90-ish point dip, losing some speed, complexity, and stimulation as its browbeaten with air. Black cherry and cedar flavors were present, but without much shape or substance.

    The experience was kinda like a first date car ride on I-5 with Gwyneth Paltrow. You might feel lucky and all smitten at first, but then after an hour into the drive, you start wondering what's on Netflix and if there's a rest stop somewhere you could just have her helicopter come and pick her up.

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  • Mark1npt Likes this wine: 97 points

    January 29, 2021 - Re-coravined my bottle from months ago, tonight. Don't know if it's been the slow ox of the last few months or if it's just in a great place, but it is now in a great place.....regal nose on the pour......sweet perfume, rose petal and graphite. On the palate here is beautiful red fruit, cassis, kirsch anything and everything that presents a saturated fruit to the back of the tongue! There is regal winemaking here by Sam Kaplan. The acidity is blending in nicely and the tannins are evolving. There is beautiful sweet tobacco and a hint of vanilla. Verging on a 97+ right now.....Really nice!

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  • bubbachumps wrote: 96 points

    January 21, 2021 - Ken's High Flying Hermitage (Ken's Castle): Extraordinary wine! Massive scale and polish at the same time. Ripe berries, cassis, blackberry, currant and a touch of smoke, displaying a very complex bouquet. Gobbs of fruit on the palate without a pinch of excess. Very well put together, expansive and seamless. There is a alot of wine here, this should age very nicely but very good right now too. Drink or hold, you won't be diappointed!

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  • iamandyc Likes this wine: 96 points

    May 16, 2020 - Another amazing bottle shared with friends at their home to christen their new pool opening. Just another great bottle singing right out of the bottle. It has such a great rich texture, nice viscosity and a fine wonderful chalkiness that marries beautifully with the fine tannins, acidity and abundant chocolate notes. It's somewhat hedonistic but yet reined in nicely and so balanced to add class and sophistication. Clearly there are other cult cabs that are crazier rollercoaster rides of flavor and structure but this has pure style.

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  • iamandyc Likes this wine: 97 points

    May 7, 2020 - Decided not to decant based on Mark's review and others about 2016 wines. Tasted upon opening and confirmed that it was singing right from the bottle. Sipped while on an Arkenstone Zoom Tasting with Susan, Jake and Sam Kaplan. Continued to drink over 3 hours and happy to report it just kept getting better. This is a big wine yet balanced and lovely -- the velvet glove provided decadence yet class. Fragrant, big bodied and long smooth flavorful finish highlighting chocolate, coffee and pleasantly dusty element. Made me smile with each sip and immediately ordered another 3-pack. A classic.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Arkenstone
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

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  • Pending Delivery 7 (1%)
  • In Cellars 909 (84%)
  • Consumed 165 (15%)

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