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2016 Rivers-Marie "Panek Vineyard" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1383813 95-98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard will certainly be a match for the 2014 and 2015. Cassis, tobacco leaf, spring flowers, and graphite notes all give way to a ripe, layered 2016 that has a wonderful sweetness to its fruit as well as sensational purity. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 80% new French oak, it should drink nicely in its youth yet cruise in the cellar. Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown has hit a home run with latest releases from his Rivers Marie label, which is a collaboration with Genevieve Marie Welsh started in 2002. These are big, rich, concentrated wines, yet like everything Brown is involved with, the wines are pure, perfectly balanced, and have a seamless texture that can be hard to describe. And as Napa Valley wines goes, these remain reasonably priced and should be snatched up by readers. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Very deep purple-black in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard (a barrel sample) is fragrantly scented of Indian spices, roses and dried herbs over a core of mulberries, warm blackberries and cassis plus a waft of black soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is taut and muscular, strutting seriously spicy characters among the tightly packed black fruit notions, finishing with great length. (LPB) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard has turned out beautifully. There is a sense of energy to the red cherry and plum fruit that gives this wine a natural measure of pure excitement. Red cherry jam, raspberry preserves, mint, spice and pomegranate meld together in a racy, sensual Cabernet that captures all the best vintage has to offer. Two thousand sixteen is a terrific vintage for the Panek. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

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