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2016 Vineyard 29 "CRU" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $60)

SKU #1381333 92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Vineyard 29's Cabernet Sauvignon Cru is once again a fabulous wine in its peer group. An infusion of black cherry, plum, chocolate, new leather and spice runs through this sumptuous, racy Cabernet. Seven vineyards in St. Helena form the core of a bold, racy Cabernet that punches above its weight. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Starting with 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru, which is a blend of multiple sites, it offers a saturated purple color as well as a juicy, soft, delicious style in its darker, bluer fruits and leafy herbs. It has terrific purity and I suspect it’s ideal for drinking over the coming 7-8 years. The blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in 50% new French oak. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very attractive blueberries with hints of coal smoke and dark stones that lead to a palate that offers a very plush, smooth build of fine tannins, carrying rich dark-berry flavors. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (11/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru has a deep purple-black color and features a very pretty perfume of roses and violets over a core of warm cassis and blueberry pie plus wafts of mossy bark and yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with perfumed, juicy black fruits, supported by a plush frame and finishing with a peppery kick. (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's notes: "Our 2016 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon’s gorgeous aromatic profile opens with chocolate-covered blueberries and warm raspberry cobbler. Juicy blue and black fruits are joined by notes of violets and mocha as they spread across the palate, where great acidity and weight extend well into the back palate, finishing with fine-grained, silky tannin texture and a farewell kiss of cocoa. Our Cru Cabernet is deeply rooted in the vineyards of St. Helena that surround our estate, with about 60% of the fruit coming from neighboring growers. Each year, we hand-select the balance of the blend from different parts of the valley to layer together a delicious, well-rounded and beautifully balanced wine that expresses the nuance and character of the Napa Valley. Fourteen vineyards play a role in the 2016 Cru bottling, including valley floor and mountain Cabernet and Malbec, valley floor Petit Verdot and Merlot, and bench land Cabernet Franc blocks, which all contribute to the juicy approachability and great structure of Cru Cabernet. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc."

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