2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
WINE PHILOSOPHY: Highlands Napa Valley believes that quality winemaking begins in the vineyard. We focus on small lot production using inspired and uncompromising winemaking techniques that express the finest fruit, concentration and terroir of each vintage. Bottling wines of intensity and exceptional character demonstrates our commitment to excellence. We appreciate your partnership in our experience of enjoying beautifully handcrafted wines.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exemplifies the varietal characteristics in a balanced, elegant package to complement traditional pairings of cheese, roast meats, poultry, and pasta. The exceptional bright character of this vintage will pair perfectly with Mediterranean seasonings, southern spiced foods and especially savory dishes.
VINTAGE NOTES: A near-perfect growing season The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and wrapped up as the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. Vintners are happy with the gift Mother Nature has given them: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines.
TASTING NOTES: With a rich ruby red color, the aromas of dark blackberry and blueberry fruit flow first, and then subtle pleasing hints of earthy eucalyptus and mint. Sweet cherry fruit and vanilla meet the palate in a complex structure, with a long, smooth, milk chocolate finish.
CELLARING: This structured wine will benefit from ample decant time and can be cellared for five to seven additional years.