Lot 702 | 2016 Napa Valley
Epic Cabernet from the same iconic producer as Lots 200, 609, and 614 - three of the highest-rated wines in the history of the Lot program.
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I absolutely love the extraction from these guys. Pours a dark, dense core, greeting you with an initial aromatic wall of cassis, plum, blackberries, and crushed florals unfolding into red fruits, blueberries, and dark chocolate. This is a big boy on entry, with dark fruits and grippy tannins rounded out by soft leather and earth, wrapped in deftly balanced acidity. The long, dry finish is defined largely by terroir, with powerful oak and a kiss of toasted marshmallow upon exit. You definitely want a lot of these in your cellar to savor over the next decade.
- Napa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2029
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Like its predecessors, an exceptionally tight NDA had to be signed for this wine, so what I can reveal here is limited: it’s sourced from the same legendary Oakville, Rutherford, and St Helena vineyards, made tip to tail with no expense spared by world class winemaking talent, and is an epic Cabernet from an iconic blue chip estate that has few peers. Compare at $175+/bottle.
Great candidate to lay down 5-10 yrs
This is a wonderful, BIG, full Cabernet. An exceptional value. It will lay down for years and my guess it be even better.
This is a great cab. Rich and robust. Full bodied. You won’t be disappointed.
A future stud!
Nov. 2019 I drank my 1st bottle too early (in hindsight) as I am very impatient when it comes to trying my new CHWines........will re-visit maybe early 2021 and anticipate great joy.
I read the previous reviews and I do not disagree with any of the tasting notes. I do, however, have a different approach: I marked the case "Keep 10 years." After enjoying two bottles so far I believe it is time to let this one relax and contemplate. While there is no guarantee that patience will be rewarded, I believe this wine will show its true colors after years in the cellar. Yes there are great fruit flavors and earthy notes and strong backbone but imagine how much smoother and elegant it will become when the pushy acids recede and the flavors of the grapes flower when they are not competing. Right now the drum kit is overpowering the violin. Maybe I'll never find the sweet spot but there should be little risk. I assume this one will become austere for 2-5 years then begin to soften. It just might be a tasty treat in 10 years and something to share again in 25. Thanks, Cam.
Wish I could purchase more
This was a great tasting wine. Well done CH!!
wine of the year
this gets my vote for wine of the year. big, bold napa cab with no sharp edges and no gimmicks. smooth and complex. there is a reason the wine retails on the high side of the $100s. cam's description of flavor profile was spot on here. the oak notes are simply divine. writing this on day #2 (no decant) so even softer and mellow.
please procure from this house many, many more times.
I feel so spoiled by these big Napa cabs! They just get better the longer you let them open up! Amazing! Can’t get better than this for the $$!
Another Great Cab
This one is another of what I have come to expect from CH. Nice full body that should get better with time. Glad I ordered more.
Glad I jumped on this one early. I was a big fan of lot 609. Look forward to coming back to this in a few years.
One of the best CH cabernets to date. Needed a long decant but worth the wait.