Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Napa Valley
Wine Type Red - Still
Varietals 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vineyard Sunbasket Vineyard was originally planted in the early 1950's by the legendary winemaker, André Tchelistcheff. Affectionately known as the 'Maestro', he influenced generations of Napa Valley winemakers. The vineyard is situated in sunny Saint Helena on the classic alluvial gravelly loam soils that are known as the 'bench'. Referring to the exceptional amount of sunshine in this corner of the world, André called it a "sunbasket". It is truly a great vineyard and we're proud to continue as stewards of its distinguished heritage.
Soil Stony alluvial soils.
Vinification Approximately 22 months in French Oak, with about 50% of the barrels being new each year. Once bottled, the wine is bottle aged for an additional 18 months before release.
Production Extremely limited.
Notes "2016 was a nearly perfect growing season with early heat in April to get the vines going, then moderate weather in July and a very cool August. Uncommonly cool nights promoted inky color and good natural acidity. A gentle late heat spell in September brought in the grapes in ideal condition. The 2016 Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon aromas jump out of the glass, including wildly complex Luxardo cherry, black raspberry, plums, blueberries and baking spices. Grace-notes include violet perfume and star anise. Rich and full in the mouth, the velvety but grippy tannins and bright natural acidity give it structure. Characteristic minerality completes the tasty package" - Cathy Corison
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