2016 Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2016
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
James Suckling: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"Rounded and ripe, with cassis and plum puree flavors, laced with warm vanilla and cocoa notes. Offers a friendly, fruit-filled finish. Drink now through 2024. 14,400 cases made. -J.M." (WS)

"Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up boisterous black cherries and black raspberries scents with touches of red and black currants, spice box and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and packing in the youthful, uncomplicated black fruits, it has a soft, lively character and appealing vivacity." (WA)

"Buehler's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a gracious, mid-weight wine that will, drink nicely upon release. Lavender blueberry, mint and sweet spice are all laced together in this supple, perfumed forthcoming Cabernet Sauvignon." (VM)

"Redolent of red cherries and ripe plum with a wee touch of cocoa to its mid-density aromas and moderately full-bodied with a good sense of fruity ripeness carried on into its relatively accessible and open flavors, Buehler's Estate offering is a steady, slightly supple wine that delivers likeable, varietally focused fruit within a firm, fairly well-balanced, medium-full-bodied package. It does not demand lengthy aging but has enough tactile grip to improve for a few years, and, if never fancy, it speaks with a very clear and honest Cabernet voice. Reviewed: December 2018" (CG)

"Hints of graphite, ripe cassis, cherries and violets all align nicely to quality cabernet here. The palate delivers a ripe and approachable core of fleshy, round plum-flavored fruit with spicy oak to close. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is cut from the same cloth and offers classic Cabernet dark fruits (it actually has some subtle red fruits as well), plenty of cedar and leafy herbs, medium body, and a delicious, easy-drinking, charming style." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Our 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon grown on our estate hillside vineyards (30%) in conjunction with grapes from other mature, high-quality, low-yielding Napa Valley vineyards located on the valley floor. Comprised of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 % Merlot, the blend produces a wine that displays a broad spectrum of aromas, flavors, and textures that Cabernet can show in the Napa Valley tempered by the silky, calming influence of Merlot to the structured core.

The 2016 Napa Valley harvest delivered an early, high quality Cabernet Sauvignon crop that left us wishing for more of a good thing. Yields across our Napa Valley vineyards were down an average of 20% or so from 2015. Average daytime high temperatures were also slightly below average making for slower, more even ripening as well as a less frenzied pace at the winery. As with most early harvests, the late October rains were welcomed since all grapes had long been picked and were safely fermenting away at the winery.Following a seven-day fermentation, the wine was transferred to barrels before initiating the malolactic fermentation; keeping the wine “dirty” when young greatly increases the impression of roundness and smoothness in the finished wine.

The 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was racked four times in the first year of aging to encourage aromatic and tannin development. It was aged a total of 18 months in a blend of French and American oak barrels.The wine is brimming with fruit aromas and flavors biased to the black fruit end of the Cabernet spectrum: plums, blackberry, and black currant. Rich and full -bodied on the palate, this Cabernet drinks well on release but will soften and develop with additional age. For those who seek youthfulfresh Cabernet fruit aromas and a more structured wine, drink it from 2018 through 2022. If you prefer the less fruity, more developed bottle bouquet aromas and a softer, more velvety wine on the palate, drink it from 2023-2033. -David Cronin Winemaker Buehler