2016 Grand Napa "Master Red" Napa Valley Red Blend (Previously $85)

SKU #1411297 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Master Red is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-black in color, it opens with aromas of kirsch, Black Forest cake and blackcurrant cordial with tea and toast plus wafts of herbs and earth. The palate is medium to full-bodied, soft, plush and juicy with a peppery finish. (LPB)  (12/2018)

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By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2019 | Send Email
The aptly named Grand Napa winery offering yet another classic Napa bottling here with their "Master" red blend. Heaps of dried red fruit, dominated by strawberry, on the nose matches up well with the same fruit on the palate, where it's joined by red velvet and faint herbal tones that wrap it up nicely through the incredibly long finish, pushed further and further by the fine acidity. Top example from a top vintage.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2019 | Send Email
The Master Red is the lightest and freshest of the Grand Napa lineup that we recently got in for this vintage. It's a lovely Bordeaux style blend that got 93 points from Robert Parker. The nose begins floral and gently perfumed, then raspberry notes emerge with just a little spicebox. The palate is dry and dusty with more fruit coming out such as black cherry, blueberry, and a redoubling of the raspberry characteristics from the nose. Yet, with all this dark fruit, the wine never gets heavy-handed. It stays light and elegant into its medium-long finish.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
The blend is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Merlot and Cab Franc. This is a beautifully polished wine. It's brimming with ripe red fruits, exotic spices, raspberry liquor, summer berry compote. Medium - full bodied but very pure and elegant, long and fresh on the palate rather than thick or jammy. Very well judged with great energy and personality. I like this style very much; it showcases the clarity of fruit one can achieve in Napa without being overly ripe or heavy.
Top Value!

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
Waves of pure red fruit aromas lead to a palate that's remarkably pure and poised with cassis, currant, and polished tannins. It is very elegant, but there's good resounding sweet red fruit and mouthwatering acidity on a clean finish. Another winner from Grand Napa that shows a ton of refinement and grace. Very refreshing, and another terrific example of the vintage.

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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.

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.


- 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