2016 Arrowood "Réserve Spéciale" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $100)

SKU #1573567 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve Spéciale is a stunner! It was aged 32 months in 62% new oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. It has a deep ruby color and is youthfully slow to open, unwinding to kirsch, crushed blackcurrants, blueberries, cedar, cigar box and iron layered with accents of grilled meats, rosewater perfume, dried herbs and classy new oak spice. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky in the mouth, slowly unfolding to mineral-laced fruits, with a chalky frame and great freshness, finishing very long. This should be very long lived. (EB) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve Spéciale is a dark, brooding wine. Gravel, smoke, black cherry, lavender, licorice, spice and menthol infuse the 2016 with notable darkness and power. This dense, muscular wine needs a bit of time for the tannins to soften, but it is impeccably done. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark From a great vintage for the entire North Coast, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Speciale is all varietal that was brought up in a mix of new and used barrels. Lots of sweet cassis, candied violets, vanilla oak, and lead pencil notes define the nose, and it actually reminds me of a wine from Ridge with its focused, mineral-laced, well-oaked style. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it has plenty of tannins, beautiful purity, and outstanding length. 94+ Inner quote mark (7/2021)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2021 | Send Email
Be quick to react here folks, we've managed to recreate the same stellar deal on the 2016 Reserve Speciale that we had on the 2015 that sold out very very fast. The 2016 is also an absolute beauty! Again an immensely powerful wine with considerable cellaring potential. Built on smoldering black and blue fruits, cassis, blackcurrant, mulberry, cigar box tones, graphite, gravelly minerals. Full bodied, less overtly tannic than the 2015, but just as concentrated on the palate with rich fruit underpinned by true mountain-grown power and structure. The wine saw a little more new oak this vintage (62% new for 32 months) which may have helped tame the tannins and gives a beautiful polish to a very potent, immense Cabernet. Once again this Reserve bottling is blended from the best parcels of Cabernet from the very best vineyards in Sonoma including the historic Kellogg Vineyard in Knights Valley, Remick Ridge on Sonoma Mountain and the famed Monte Rosso Vineyard on Moon Mountain. Named for its red, rocky, volcanic soils, Monte Rosso sits at 1,300ft elevation, its old Cabernet vines, planted in the 1940s and 1950s, produce some of the very finest fruit money can buy and form the core of this wine. As I said with the prior vintage, this bottling can hold its own against the very best of Howell Mountain, Pritchard Hill, Mount Veeder etc. If it said Napa Valley on the label it would undoubtedly be 3-4 times the price. Drink it now with a vigorous decant or lay it away for the next 3 to 4 decades. A monumental wine that deserves a spot in any Cabernet lovers cellar.
Drink from 2021 to 2050

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