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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)

K&L Notes

“Napa Cabernet” usually signals high prices, often too high for most wine lovers' enjoyment with a nice dinner. Not so with Buehler Vineyards. It’s one of the few family-run wineries who purposefully keep their wines affordable in an overpriced market. If you have plans for a nice filet mignon dinner, for instance, Napa Cabernet is an obvious pairing, and the 2016 Buehler is a beautiful choice. The Buehler family have managed, in an often over-priced market, to keep their prices reasonable. Buehler wines stick to a classic style that is more difficult to come by in today’s Napa Cab scene. More reminiscent of Dunn or Heitz Vineyard, the Buehler wines achieve a great balance between powerful, dark fruit, and classic Napa eucalyptus and menthol notes. The 2016 is no exception. This is old-school Napa Cabernet with the right bones to age like a Bordeaux. That said, it is fairly structured now, and we'd recommend decanting it for an hour before enjoying, as it will benefit from some air and open up nicely. It is still young and could age for a decade or more, so if you are enjoying it now, don’t hesitate to lay a few bottles down and watch them evolve.


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