2016 Grounded Wine Co. Steady State Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2016
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
James Suckling: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
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86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Malbec, 0.5% Merlot

"Attractive, vanilla-dusted violet aromas with blackcurrants and purple cherries. The palate delivers a very succulent array of fresh ripe berries and plums in a fleshy, approachable style. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The inky colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Steady State is a ripe, sexy effort that has plenty of black and blue fruits, damp earth, and iron characteristics in its full-bodied, plump, and layered style. It's one big mouthful of fruit and should keep for 10-15 years." (JD)

"This impressive red overdelivers on its price point, combining the main variety with Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot, aging the whole in French oak for 18 months (40% of it new). Truffled earth, compost, bark and gunpowder give it a savory edge that leads to a juicy, balanced midpalate of black fruit, cocoa powder and dust. -Virginie Boone" (WE)

Winery Notes:
If a system is in a steady state, then the recently observed behavior of the system will continue into the future. Steady State pays homage to growing up in the Napa Valley and learning from its traditions. Also, being ready to disrupt them.

The 2016 growing season emerged from a winter with average rainfall, following four drought years. Spring was marked by good soil moisture and warm, dry weather, which minimized any risk of significant frost and ensured average crop yields. A seasonally warm summer slowed shoot growth, and harvest of our red Bordeaux varieties yielded fruit at ideal maturity, with ripe, rich tannins.

Broodingly deep ruby in color, 2016 Steady State shows fragrant notes of cassis buds, ripe red and black cherries, as well as warm, complex aromas of blackberry brambles, wild rosemary and lavender. Intense and focused on the palate, the tannins are well-proportioned, lending elegance and charm throughout the long, aromatic finish. While drinkable upon release, this wine has the balance and structure to drink nicely for 8 to 10 years.