2016 Grounded Wine Co. "Steady State" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $50+)

SKU #1413434 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This impressive red overdelivers on its price point, combining the main variety with Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot, aging the whole in French oak for 18 months (40% of it new). Truffled earth, compost, bark and gunpowder give it a savory edge that leads to a juicy, balanced midpalate of black fruit, cocoa powder and dust. *Editors' Choice* (VB) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Attractive, vanilla-dusted violet aromas with blackcurrants and purple cherries. The palate delivers a very succulent array of fresh ripe berries and plums in a fleshy, approachable style. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The inky colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Steady State is a ripe, sexy effort that has plenty of black and blue fruits, damp earth, and iron characteristics in its full-bodied, plump, and layered style. It's one big mouthful of fruit and should keep for 10-15 years. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Quite rich, with crushed plum, blackberry paste and fig reduction notes cruising through slowly, coated with ganache accents and backed by warm licorice and roasted apple wood elements on the finish. Shows more heft than drive, but this will have fans for the showy fruit. (JM) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2023 | Send Email
Grounded Wine Co. proprietor and winemaker Josh Phelps is a true Napa thoroughbred. His father Josh Phelps was the founding winemaker at Dominus Estate for 15 years and to this day makes one of my favorite Cabs in all of Napa the Ad Vivum Cab from Sleeping Lady Vineyard in Yountville. Josh grew up around wine and it was almost assured he would end up in the business,too. As one of the most well-liked and personable young winemakers in the valley, Josh is able to source top-notch fruit from great vineyards for his Steady State Napa Cabernet. As you can see from the broad critical acclaim, plenty of folks tagged this as a top value even at it's typical $50+ price point. But once again here at K&L we worked our magic to bring the price down to an even more affordable $39.95...and on the exceptional 2016 vintage release nonetheless! This shows the typical power and concentration of the vintage - bold, dense cassis fruit, elderberry, a little redcurrant too. Some more savory hints of sage and mountain herbs mingle with loamy earth. Beautifully integrated oak spice gives it a gentle kiss on the finish. This is an awesome, really well made, delicious Napa Cabernet for drinking anytime over the next 5-10 years without over-spending!
Top Value! Drink from 2023 to 2033

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