2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
Winemaker Notes The 2016 vintage expresses rich red and dark fruit, fragrant violets, rose petals, graphite and black tea aromatics. A wine of great distinction, it melds power and structure with freshness and elegance in seamless layers of ultra-concentrated blueberry and black cherry with hints of baking spices and cassis to a lengthy finish.
Winemaking Data Each block at Backus Vineyard remains separate during picking and fermentation. The complexity of this vineyard can be highlighted through the fruit and depth found in the North and Plateau blocks paired with the structure and concentration in the steep hillside fruit grown in the South block.
Vintage Notes The 2016 Napa Valley growing season began with a mild winter resulting in early bud break for some blocks at the beginning of March. A normal period of bloom and veraison took place in early May and mid-July, respectively. The 2016 growing season was cooler compared to the previous three vintages, allowing for aromas and flavors to develop slowly in the red varieties yielding classic Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon from our Backus Vineyard.
(96-99) Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
It comes charging out of the gate with bold, expressive blackberries, Black Forest cake and freshly crushed blackcurrants notes with hints of kirsch, red roses, candied violets, mocha and cigar box plus hints of tapenade and chargrill. A very firm backbone and superbly ripe, fine-grained tannins, it simultaneously delivers great power and wonderful elegance, finishing long with an evocative ferrous character lacing the black fruit layers. (Dec. 2018)
96 Points - James Suckling
Shows very ripe fruit and excitement on the nose with dark berries, blueberries and pine-needle undertones. Full-bodied, firm and chewy with a solid and rich finish. Seriously structured red here. (May 2019)
Blend and Grape Sources 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot from our Backus Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley.
Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 16-27, 2016
Aging/Cooperage 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels from coopers Taransaud, Marcel Cadet and Darnajou before bottling