2016 Grand Napa "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $110)

SKU #1403305 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Blended of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley comes charging out of the gate with gregarious scents of black raspberries, red and black currants and blackberry compote with suggestions of cracked black pepper, pencil shavings and tar. Medium to full-bodied with fantastic intensity and depth, it has a firm, grainy frame and long earthy finish. (LPB) 93+  (12/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 Very attractive blueberry and blue-plum aromas with violet-like florals, leading to a ripe, smooth and richly fruited palate that has a smoothly resolved, plush and flavorful finish. Drink or hold.  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "Each vintage, Grand Napa Vineyards releases a select series of Reserve wines. This 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon offers bright flavors and aromas with rich structure, weight, and texture. This elegant wine bursts with an array of aromas including cherry, currant and red raspberry, framed by settle, toasted oak. Drink now through 2025. Vineyard Information: Cane pruned vines, North-South row orientation. Deep Pleasanton loan soil. Open-top 1-ton fermenters. Punch down skins twice per day, 2.5 weeks on the skins. Aged two years in 60% new Seguin Moreau French oak barrels and 40% neutral (4+ years old) French oak."


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2019 | Send Email
A big, luxurious, structured, reserve level Cab that totally over delivers at this heavily discounted price point. Powerful dark fruit, blackcurrant, cassis, bramble, scorched earth, exotic oak spices. Juicy and succulent enough to drink now, but also showing plenty of structure to last 8-10 years in the cellar...maybe more. Made from a top barrel selection of Grand Napa's lots from across the valley with fruit coming from: Rutherford, Diamond Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain, Oakville and Atlas Peak. The fruit is fermented in tiny one ton, open top tanks and punch-downs are done by hand; this is boutique, labor of love wine making as employed by Napa's top cult Cab producers. It then rests for two years in super high-end Seguin Moreau French oak. No expense spared here; this is up there with the crème de la crème of the region and at a fraction of the typical asking price.
Top Value!

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2019 | Send Email
Another screaming deal for Napa Cabernet, but a totally different take from the Grand Napa Rutherford. Still big and rich, while maintaining balance and poise, the flavor here is still loaded with beautiful fruit expression, but these are offset with earthy components. Charcoal, graphite offset the fruit in ways that are almost reminiscent Leoville-Barton. A solid, beautifully structured Cabernet with an exceptional finish. This is an absolute no-brainer.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.6