Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker David Galzignato

Our 2016 Star Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with exuberant dark blackberry and blueberry fruit, alongside earthy and floral characters of violet, black licorice, and anise. Only 311 cases produced.

Tasting Notes

Our 2016 Star Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with exuberant dark blackberry and blueberry fruit, alongside earthy and floral characters of violet, black licorice, and anise. The palate is smooth and plush with saturated, rich blackberry, dark plum, blueberry, and black cherry. This Cabernet is very expressive with bright acidity that carries the weight accented by sweet, chewy, firm tannins and hints of tea leaf on the extraordinary finish. The firm cocoa-powder tannins—a signature of Rutherford dust character—enhance the velvet texture and well-balanced structure, providing a mineral-rich finish, as well as giving this Cabernet its cellar-worthiness. Only 311 cases were produced, and they are available exclusively at our winery.

Vineyard Notes

You can find Star Vineyard tucked quietly behind the Rutherford Grill restaurant in the heart of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA). This Iconic vineyard was planted over 60 years ago and is extremely low yielding, resulting in small concentrated berries. This Cabernet Sauvignon was made from a special selection called Martha’s Clone and showcases a true sense of place and picked at its peak maturity. Vintage after Vintage this is the last vineyard we pick during each harvest season, allowing for maximum hangtime which provides Cabernet fruit with unrivaled complexity and concentration.

Vintage Notes

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January, we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, right around Labor Day, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended mild season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream vintage, conditions were perfect for producing a Cabernet with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.

Winemaking Notes

We hand sorted the grapes first in the vineyard, as we picked them at dawn, and then again at the winery for optimum quality. We cold soaked the must for gentle extraction and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Following extended maceration and pressing, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrels to round the acidity and enrich the mouthfeel. Gentle rackings naturally clarified the wine, while barrel aging melded complex oak nuances with the ripe, dark-fruit expression.

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