Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Winemaker Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon from Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California. The 2016 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon is a full, rich, and beautiful wine that beckons both the nose and palate with a sense of textural generosity and aromatic complexity. Blue and black fruits are beautifully woven through its powerful core of minerality, accented by subtle notes of cocoa & toasted spices. This wine possesses an energy and freshness that indicates a long life ahead of it.

Mother Nature graced the estate with a near-perfect growing season in 2016. Conditions in the vineyard were optimal for producing evenly ripe, concentrated fruit, which displayed rich, developed tannins right off of the vine. In keeping with tradition, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from multiple blocks on the estate, from a range of clones that all contribute different expressions of the variety to the wine. Small quantities of the other four noble Bordelaise varieties were added to the final blend for polish and complexity. All of the blocks were harvested & fermented separately, and the individual components were blended after 12 months of élevage in the barrel. Total time in 225-liter French oak barrels (70% new) was 26 months. Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec

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 Critical Acclaim

Wine Enthusiast 97: Aromas of black currant, toffee, caramel, and coffee are wrapped in a lavish violet tone on the nose of this bottling. The tannic profile impresses, being polished yet firm and serious, and the flavors of deep strawberry, caramel, crushed stone, and violet satisfy from start to finish.

Robert Parker 95: The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, it's very youthfully coiled with lots of baby fat, opening slowly to sage and menthol sparks, graphite, cedar, tobacco, dried flowers, and grilled beef with tightly wound cassis, black plum, and black and red cherry compote plus notions of flowers, licorice, and savory hints. Full-bodied and youthful, it's packed to the gills with luscious fruits and a youthful framing of new oak, with loads of red fruit sparks and savory nuance. It has a framing of very fine, pixelated, detailed tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and full of flavor. Wow!

Tasting Panel 97: Lush and deep, complex and lovely, with elegant and lively notes of plum, cherry, and spice as well as great balance.

Jeb Dunnuck 97: The Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (92% Cabernet Sauvignon with tiny amounts of the other varieties on the property). It’s cut from the same cloth as the Estate Selection, yet with just a touch more classic Cabernet blue fruits, purity, and precision. Blackcurrants, cassis, crushed violets, graphite, and lead pencil notes all give way to a powerful, concentrated, beautifully pure Cabernet that has ultra-fine tannins, a seamless texture, building tannins, and a great, great finish. It's another magical wine from this team that's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.

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