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2016 IL BRIGANTE, Red Blend Napa Valley

2016 IL BRIGANTE, Red Blend Napa Valley

This lusty brigand displays aromas of cassis & spice from this Cabernet-based Napa Valley blend. Rich flavors of currant and black cherry are layered with expressive notes of dark chocolate. The palate displays vibrant fruit with undertones of earthy aromas. Moderate, well integrated tannins provide a structured backbone that will help the wine continue to improve for several years to come.

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Wine Specs
39 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petite Verdot, 5% Malbec, 4% Sangiovese, 4% Pinot Noir
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 21, 2016
6.4 g/L
20 months in Bordeaux French oak, 40% New Oak
Bottling Date
August 1, 2018
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Pretty aromas of red currant and black cherry mingle with black fruits with a touch earthy, cured meat aromas that frame the wild berry flavors and toasty oak on the palate. The wine shows polish with a good balance between acidity and round and ripe flavors. Finishes with moderate, well-integrated tannins. Delicious and supple now, it will continue to improve for several more years to come.
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 expected, and we observed optimum flavor and phenolic development progress as we harvested. Across the board, 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
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs well with beef or lamb roast in a red wine sauce, duck and rich, roasted vegetable dishes.
Other Notes
Meant for cellaring up to 10 years.

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