2016 Vangone Estate Cabernet SauvignonNapa Valley
98 Wine AdvocateA barrel sample (expected to be in barrel three years), the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is very deep purple-black in color and a little closed on the nose, giving glimpses at notes of blueberry compote, Black Forest cake and crème de cassis with a waft of camphor, pencil lead, cedar chest, black tea and underbrush plus hints of truffles and lavender. The palate is full, rich and super concentrated, with a firm frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.
Our third vintage finds the vineyard hitting it's stride with a blockbuster expression that is pure Vangone. The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon explodes from the glass with nuanced and enticing aromas that urge you to slow down and savor every one as they take turns erupting from the glass. The vineyard's power is showcased producing a dense, opulent wine of palate drenching fruit seasoned with hints of spice, cedar and earth. The resulting wine is both elegantly supple and densely powerful at the same time. Truly an iron fist deftly wrapped in a velvet glove.