2016 Zeitgeist Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2016
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
Price :

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc from the Sleeping Lady vineyard (Yountville), Oakville Station vineyard (Oakville), Lewelling vineyard (St. Helena) and Farella vineyard (Coombsville). Deep garnet-purple, it opens with expressive red and black cherries, wild blueberries and lavender with hints of chocolate box and menthol. The palate is full, rich, concentrated, firm and plush with loads of fruit and floral layers, finishing long. 396 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019." (WA)

"Checking in as a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc from a number of top vineyards in the valley, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley spent 22 months in oak prior to bottling. In the running for one of the top Cabernets for under 100 dollars, this beauty has fabulous purity and elegance as well as a complex style in its sweet black fruits, licorice, spice, and subtle oak. Sort, forward, and ready to go, it should nevertheless cruise for 10-15 years in cold cellars." (JD)

Winery Notes:
The Zeitgeist Cabernet blend once again captures the warm climate and alluvial soils found in St. Helena, the marine influence of the west facing foothills of Coombsville and the well drained, gravelly clay soils of the Sleeping Lady Vineyard in Yountville. For the first time, we were able to add a prized Oakville Cabernet Vineyard to our blend. Oakville Station is surrounded on three sides by the famed Tokalon Vineyard and bordered on its fourth side by Martha's Vineyard. Excellent dirt to say the least!

The 2016 is one for the ages. Mother nature gave us all the ingredients for a blockbuster vintage. Our 2016 is dense and classically weighted. Toasty notes of creme brulee and hazlenut frame a wine of incredible concentration. One can't help but think of grilled meats, freshly roasted coffee beans and heady desserts. This wine is no wimp--the tannins are capable and fine and provide a firm backbone for all the deliciousness. The 2016 has the beauty to please now and the intensity to last for decades.