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Barbour Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 [3/cs]

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California Napa Valley
Cabernet and Cabernet Blends
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2016

“Barbour Vineyard in St. Helena always seems to yield spectacular fruit with a very lifted, slightly perfumed flair to the purple boysenberry and blackberry notes.  The 2016 vintage seems to emphasize those lifted, aromatic qualities even more intensely.  In addition to the purple fruit, notes of plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet earth add complexity.  The mouthfeel is full, fruit-forward and elegant, with approachable tannins and just enough grip to lend weight to the core.  The finish echoes the aroma, with forward, juicy fruit notes. Harvested entirely by hand between September 23 and 28, 2016, this wine was created by selecting small blocks from the vineyard to vinify as individual lots.  The lots were fermented on skins for about 4 weeks, transferred to French oak barrels and aged for about 12 months, then blended and returned to barrels for an additional 10 months.  The wine was bottled without fining or filtration in July, 2018.”  – Celia Welch, Barbour winemaker

 

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is an intense wine. Black cherry, plum, chocolate and spice flavours are all amped up in a big Cabernet that expresses the natural radiance that is so typical of wines from this sector in southern St. Helena. Dry farming brings out an added sense of grip and gravitas that comes through in the wine’s structural feel. 2021-2031.”

93 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec 2018