2016 Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1384168

The 2015 release of Scattered Peaks received a 97-point score from Decanter Magazine and quicky became one of the best selling wines of the year here at K&L. While not professionally reviewed yet, the 2016 is another stunner and promises to be just as highly tounted. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Domestic Wine Buyer) Winery note: "Scattered Peaks is a powerful Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon carefully curated and elegantly crafted by legendary Napa Valley Winemaker, Joel Aiken (27 years as winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyards). Bold and full-bodied, Scattered Peaks offers intense black and red fruit aromas bolstered by hints of mountain sage and a touch of anise. On the palate, dark brooding fruit flavors of black cherry and cassis mingle with essence of black licorice and violets as well as espresso and dark chocolate notes. Firm but silky tannins and a touch of vanilla support the long, lingering finish of this classic Napa Valley Cabernet."


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By: Sean Reilly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2019 | Send Email
Deep, dark and luscious black currant fruit layered with tannins that last for days. A stellar wine from an outstanding vintage. This wine is a bargain at twice the price. Enjoy now or cellar.
Drink from 2019 to 2026

By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2019 | Send Email
A delicious Napa Valley Cab with an impeccable pedigree for under $30!?? Yes, please! The nose is full and rich with notes of leather, cigar box, anise, and dark fruits. On the palate, this is classic Napa Cab with cassis, pencil lead, forest floor, well-integrated oak, complimented by silky tannins. This should continue to develop and evolve for several more years. Simply outstanding at this price!

By: Ari Gorfain | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2019 | Send Email
If you're looking for a classic Napa Valley Cab, look no further! The 2016 Scattered Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine for you. It over-delivers on all fronts. With concentrated cassis, cedar and violets on the nose, the palate yields a seamless and silky melange of dark fruit, cocoa and coffee notes. This wine is a no-brainer @ $29.95. Pure liquid velvet.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2019 | Send Email
This is text book Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon being offered at a monumentally attractive price. The wine is simply gorgeous in the glass offering up ripe notes of black berries and a faint hint of cassis for added nuance. The flavors are all up front and quite generous. You kind of don’t need to overthink it. At $30, you can simply pull the cork, pour a full glass, and savor. The 2015 vintage was one of our best selling wines last year. Considering that 2016 is an even stronger vintage, I predict that history will repeat. Grab this while you can.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2019 | Send Email
With fruit from Napa only getting more and more expensive, it's becoming increasingly difficult if not impossible to find a good Cabernet under the $45 mark. That's why I found the Scattered Peaks, with such an illustrious pedigree behind it, an almost unreal deal. Coming from one of the most experienced winemakers in the Valley, this wine holds all the elements of a high-end, complete Cab; no wonder last vintage was one of our best sellers! This is a medium-bodied Cab with notes of blackberry, cedar, and soft cocoa melding seamlessly together. Drinkable now, this Cab is sure to impress as a gift if you can bear to give it away.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2019 | Send Email
The nose is full of dense, ripe, chocolaty currant aromatics that burst out of your glass. On the palate the textural presence is dominant there's just a wave of ripe, dark fruit that fills your mouth with its boldness. The finish is more of the same, bold, dramatic, ripe fruit that shows its supple, smooth richness.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2019 | Send Email
With a winemaking pedigree as renowned as Beaulieu vineyards Joel Aiken, the Scattered Peaks Cabernet has attained incredible press and demonstrated that Napa Valley can still produce excellent red wines for under $50. Brimming with rich aromatics and supple, round flavors of blackcurrants, ripened black plums, licorice, vanilla and shaved dark chocolate, this wine envelops the palate and delivers abundant pleasure for its modest price.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 (%): 14.5