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  • 2016 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon

    This wine was opened, and decanted for 30 minutes before consuming the wine with friends over dinner. It has opened up and filled out since receiving the shipment a few months ago. Good balance between rich, ripe blue and black fruit, acid, and polished tannin. Of all the 2016 Napa appellation wines that I have been drinking lately (Myriad, Quivet, Becklyn, Rivers-Marie, Bevan), this is showing the best. I think the both the Becklyn and Bevan have shut down a bit (showing a bit more acid and less fruit than they should). Overall a wine that is drinking nicely despite its youth!

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  • 2016 Scarlett Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

    Perhaps my first rating of this wine was a bit high, but I believe this wine will have a good future once it sorts itself out over the next 6-12 months. After a 3 hour decant, the wine started showing what the McGah vineyard can do, as well as the talents of Mike Smith. Cherry, blueberry, cassis, along with some minerality on the nose after hour 3. I am getting some tart fruits and tannin on the midpalate, and the finish is short for now. I truly believe the 2016 vintage will sort itself out, but if you have multiples and you've got a 2016 Scarlett Cab itch, it's not a wasted opportunity. Actually a really nice cab with food at this point, as the higher acid/tannin (compared to the 2015 vintage, and other Mike Smith cabs) works well. Still some booze/oak/fruit to integrate, but when it does I think it'll be a very nice cab for the price. Also, I just checked the Scarlett website and Mike recommends 2-3 years for the wine to mellow out, which I don't disagree with. It should be quite long lived! For now...either decant, or enjoy the 2015 vintage if you have any extra!

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  • 2016 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Pellet Vineyard

    I took the advice of decanting, as it was tight upon opening. I decanted it over 3 hours, and it was totally singing! I love Mike Smith cabs, and this certainly has the purity of fruit, concentration, and smooth mid palate that his wines are known for. Where this cab excels, is the balance of fruit, terroir, and structure. I am getting minerality, underbrush, herbs, and more acid than other cabs from Quivet/Myriad/etc. Very pleasurable wine, and will likely integrate more fully over the next year or three, and may merit a higher score. Thanks for all the insightful tasting notes on this wine from those on Cellar Tracker!

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