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2016 Buehler "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $38)

SKU #1512646 91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is pliant and supple, with soft edges and silky tannins that push the fruit forward. Red cherry, plum, spice, mint, white chocolate and a hint of French oak shape this pretty, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon. Attractive floral and savory notes add lift to the finish. The 2016 will be even better if the new oak subsides a bit. Even so, this is nicely done. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Like Buehler’s 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet (also recommended here), this wine needs time to open with air. Its energy is immediately apparent in a sweet hive of mineral tannins. Air brings out its shape, its chewy fruit-skin tannins turning gentle and allowing the wine to buzz with honeyed richness, refreshed by acidity. Decant it for corned beef—especially the crispy bits along the edges. Inner quote mark (6/2019)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a solid charmer that has ample Cabernet character in its black, black fruits, earth, and herbal aromas and flavors. It's medium-bodied, rounded, and forward, with sweet tannins and excellent purity of fruit. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

90 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Lots of ripe fruit with a raisin character to the floral undertone. Medium body, firm and fresh acidity and a flavorful finish. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

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By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2021 | Send Email
There's always so much talk of "rarity" in Napa... cult producers, rarefied terroirs, celebrated winemakers, etcetera. You know what's REALLY rare in Napa? Like purple unicorn rare? An established, estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon for under $30! This is a classically styled and correct Cabernet that's long on substance, short on marketing, and meaningful as an "estate" bottling with start-to-finish production.

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