Lot 662 | 2016 Sonoma Valley
A superstar Cabernet from Sonoma Valley you'll definitely want to pick up by the case - compare at $100/bottle.
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- Sonoma Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2028
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Produced by a Napa Valley winery from a Sonoma Valley vineyard just west of the famed Monte Rosso Vineyard (and by just west I mean maybe a few hundred yards down the hillside), this wine was an absolute standout, not only holding its own but outperforming Oakville and Rutherford offerings from the same winery at double the price.
Dark, inky, and exquisite, it’s a beautiful Cabernet that perfectly sums up the 2016 vintage with its combination of power, finesse, beguiling aromatics, and supple mouthfeel. Perfectly proportioned in every way and a terrific testament to underappreciated terroir of the cooler hillside regions in the southern portions of Sonoma Valley, this is some of the classiest juice you’ll ever see at $29/bottle – not surprising, given the fruit for this wine was the anchor component in a $100/bottle Icon-level Cabernet Sauvignon.
Perfect Blending of Components
We enjoyed Lot 697 earlier in the week, then this one last night. This has more to offer - more smoothness in the mouthfeel, more aroma, and generally more complex. It didn't have the cassis of 697, and we thought it was an excellent pairing with ribeye. We let it decant for an hour.
Very Good, Let it Rest
Dark yet vibrant. Really complex and interesting wine from Sonoma. Enjoyed it even though the alcohol, at over 15%, worried me that it might overpower. Not the case at all. Still a baby even here in 2020, let it sit for a while and you will be rewarded with yet another excellent value.
Fantastic Sonoma cabernet
I knew I should have ordered more...Cam is training me to try all of the Club wines asap, because the good ones disappear!
Even better this year
Just opened a bottle of this cab after waiting a year and it is better than I remember it from last year. I think I will like it even more next year. Still not as good as some of the Napa offerings like 663 and 664 but definitely growing on me.
Aromatic Sonoma cabernet
Aromatic Sonoma cabernet- this is one of my favorites- opened a bottle tonight and enjoyed tremendously without food. I'm going to keep another bottle until next years (2021) Super bowl game. Sorry, guys, sold out!
Sonoma is amazing but I still think of Napa when drinking Cabs and this drinks very well even right out of the bottle through an aerator. I would never guess 15.5% alcohol because it is so easy and pleasant to drink. Not quite as severe and hot as some recent cabs I have had. We couldn't define it, but my wife said it has a spa quality, a vanilla sandalwood smooth aroma. Will buy again! Based on other reviews, I think that the extra 6 months have helped it mellow.
Not one of my favorites
Maybe I had a bad bottle or a particularly bad day at the office. All my notes say is 'Looked good coming from the decanter to the glass, but the nose was disappointing. Limited flavor profile and not paring well with the meal.' Unfortunately I did not write down what the meal was.
This wine was part of my wine club delivery. I’m so glad we got it. I would have never have picked on my own. It’s rich, bold, and just so very good. I have already ordered more.
Gorgeous Color and Nose
Probably too soon to drink, but gave it a 2 1/2 hr decant and gave it a go. The color is dark and delicious. After the decant, it still took adding more air, via swirling the glass, to bring out deep, rich aromas. I would drink this again and again, if offered, but I think it may need more time in the bottle to fulfill its excellence. I will save the remaining bottle a couple more years.
This is a keeper!
Just pouring it in the glass gives a clue... intense, inky. It does explode, if it has enough air. Decanting it and giving it some breathing room will unlock its full potential. Of course, holding on it for a couple of years is also good! Great value for the price.