2016 Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Notes: With a greeting of freshly fired creme brûlée and toasted currant, the 2016 Palmaz Cabernet draws you in for a cozy embrace. Comforting flavors of vanilla, caramel, and baked boysenberry dance across the palate. The voluptuous fruit flavors are effortlessly balanced with elegant tannins that cover the tongue like a feather – spreading to every hidden taste bud in the deepest corners of the palate Comforting flavors of vanilla, caramel, and baked boysenberry dance across the palate.. An everlasting finish that holds steadfast, begging to be remembered – satisfied only by the indulgence of a second glass. 14.9% Alcohol
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com 93pts: The 2016 Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon shows elegance and persistence from start to finish. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers aromas and flavors of bright red currants and dried herbs. Pair it with an oven roast game hen.
The Palmazes bought a forgotten stone winery, a fine old house badly in need of renovation, and acres of land that had once produced fine Napa wines. The little valley had been the site of Cedar Knoll Vineyard and Winery, founded in 1881 by Henry Hagen, one of Napa Valley’s pioneer winemakers.
The vineyards grow within more than fourteen unique terroirs at three elevations — 400, 1200, and 1400 feet above sea level and are nurtured under the respectful tenets of sustainable agriculture. They thrive on the slopes of Mount George at the southern end of the Vaca Range. The foundation for it all is base rock laid down during the Pliocene volcanic age. Vineyard geography ranges from steep slopes with shallow nutrient-poor soils, which produce concentrated grapes, to stony colluvial deposits made up of cobbles, gravel, and sandy loam. Variations of soil type, sun exposure, and elevation produce a robust range of flavors and concentration to create a wine with balance and complexity.