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.
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.
Lovely wine. I'm going to cellar it for a year or two. It'll only get better.
The color (almost black) and the noise were great, but seemed a bit thin and lacking in fruit. I think it needs more aging and a much longer decant. Looking forward to opening more bottles in a couple of years.
Nice wine, though I think it would benefit from being in the bottle a little longer.
Agree with another reviewer, liked the 663 better.
It was ok.
I've only had one bottle so I will temper this review. In my summary I noted "it was ok" and it was, but maybe I need to try another bottle especially after reading some other good reviews. To me, maybe it was a bit too fruity for my taste. To each his own!!