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2016 DON THOMAS, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2016 DON THOMAS, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Don Thomas Vineyard is nested in the rolling hills that define the Western border of Rutherford in the Napa Valley. At every point throughout the life of this limited release wine, special consideration was given to showcase the unique Terroir of this exceptional vineyard. A balanced, fruity red with mineral and berry character, plus hints of currants. Full body with silky tannins and a fresh, tangy finish. This wine will age well, with it's best years still ahead.

Don Thomas & Winemaker Brooks Painter

Don Thomas & Winemaker Brooks Painter


ACCOLADES

• The Wine Advocate (96+ Points)

"Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Don Thomas Vineyard is deep purple-black in color and features vibrant notes of crushed wild blueberries, black raspberries and red and black currants with wafts of rose hips, raspberry leaves, unsmoked cigars and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tautly structured with ripe, grainy tannins and beautiful freshness framing the red and black fruit layers, finishing long and mineral laced. Drink 2020 – 2039." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

• The Wine Advocate (94 Points)

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Don Thomas Vineyard (a barrel sample), made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is deep garnet-purple in color with a blackcurrants, plums and blueberries-scented nose plus hints of asphalt, scorched earth, Sichuan pepper and hoisin. Full, rich, grainy and firm in the mouth, it has nice freshness and a long, spicy finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

• The Wine Spectator (93 Points)

"This delivers a ripe and polished beam of cassis and plum notes, laced with sweet tobacco details and a flash of iron minerality, set against a subtle backdrop of alder and cedar. The fine-grained finish shows a savory element. Best from 2021 through 2032. 137 cases made." — JM

• The Wine Spectator (93 Points)

"An entirely varietal wine, this opens in rustic pomegranate, cranberry, earth and cedar, with a juicy midpalate of full-bodied ripeness and rich layers. A hint of gamy deli meat and black pepper round it out on the finish." - Virginie Boone

*96 Points, Wine Advocate*
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Rutherford, Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 30, 2016
Acid
6.3 g/L
pH
3.68
Aging
20 months in Bordeaux French oak, 100% New Oak
Bottling Date
July 24, 2018
Residual Sugar
DRY
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Spectator
93
Wine Advocate
96
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A balanced, fruity red with mineral and berry character, plus hints of currants. Full body with silky tannins and a fresh, tangy finish.
Ratings
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate (96+ Points) – Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Don Thomas Vineyard is deep purple-black in color and features vibrant notes of crushed wild blueberries, black raspberries and red and black currants with wafts of rose hips, raspberry leaves, unsmoked cigars and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tautly structured with ripe, grainy tannins and beautiful freshness framing the red and black fruit layers, finishing long and mineral laced. Drink 2020 – 2039. The Wine Spectator (93 Points)
Vineyard Notes
This 6 acre vineyard, planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon, is nestled in the rolling hills that define the western border of the Rutherford AVA in Napa Valley. Located at the valley’s widest point, Rutherford receives more sunlight during the day than other parts of the valley. This, combined with a wide variance of daytime to nighttime temperatures (average fluctuation of 12 degrees in the summer months) allows the fruit to ripen at a steady pace, and helps to make the Rutherford AVA the most famous of Napa Valley’s nested appellations for growing Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaker Notes
"Following the very small 2015 harvest, it was heartening to see the vines recover and bounce back to produce not only extremely high quality fruit but also some bounty in 2016! Harvest was earlier than we expected, and we observed optimum flavor and phenolic development progress as we harvested. Across the board, the flavors and acids were exceptional, and a delicious balance evolved as the harvest proceeded. Acids are firm and pH is slightly lower, so the wines should be well-structured with very good aging potential. This is an exciting vintage with a lot to like! —Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking

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