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2016 Provenance Vineyards Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Provenance Vineyards Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Provenance Vineyards

2016 Provenance Vineyards Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

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$1,620.00
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Description

Description

This Cabernet Sauvignon shows a true sense of place, coming from our Estate vineyard located in the heart of the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA). Located between Oakville Cross Road and State Lane, this site has the perfect climate and soils, ideal for producing Cabernet Sauvignon that is world renowned for its intense structure and unrivaled complexity. Each block was picked at its peak maturity and fermented separately to increase the complexity of the wine.

Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades

94

JamesSuckling.com

“Very deep and dark with the blackest berries on the nose and loads of bitter chocolate. This is a huge cabernet that has enough healthy tannins and freshness to come off dry and fresh, almost crisp. Try to wait until 2021.” - James Suckling

Wine & Vintage Details

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

Our 2016 Oakville Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is fresh and herbaceous on the nose with hints of tart black raspberry, black currant, and cassis. Sweet, mouth-pleasing fruit sits up front on the palate, while dark cherry, blueberry, blackberry, and plum unfold into more nuanced characters of mint, milk chocolate, and cocoa on the long finish. Present and firm tannins provide an espresso-like bitter, savory note on the finish, while the juicy, sweet dark fruit is supported by a vibrant core of acidity creating layers of flavor and depth. This is a well-balanced, structured Cabernet, providing a mineral-rich finish, and ensures the cellar worthiness of this exquisite wine. Only 311 cases were produced, and they are available exclusively at our winery.

Vintage

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January, we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, right around Labor Day, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended mild season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream vintage, conditions were perfect for producing a Cabernet with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Oakville AVA

Oakville

Vineyard

This Cabernet Sauvignon shows a true sense of place, coming from our Estate vineyard located in the heart of the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA). Located between Oakville Cross Road and State Lane, this site has the perfect climate and soils, ideal for producing Cabernet Sauvignon that is world renowned for its intense structure and unrivaled complexity. Each block was picked at its peak maturity and fermented separately to increase the complexity of the wine.

Winemaking

We hand sorted the grapes first in the vineyard, as we picked them at dawn, and then again at the winery for optimum quality. We cold soaked the must for gentle extraction and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Following extended maceration and pressing, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrels to round the acidity and enrich the mouthfeel. Gentle rackings naturally clarified the wine, while barrel aging melded complex oak nuances with the ripe, dark-fruit expression.

Trevor Durling - Former Winemaker

Trevor grew up in nearby Sonoma County, one of the wine hubs of Northern California. Wine was a staple at his family dinner table, and he enrolled in the Viticulture and Enology program at the University of California, Davis. After an internship at Sonoma-Cutrer in 2003 and two consecutive harvest internships making sparkling wine at Gloria Ferrer, Trevor joined Moon Mountain Vineyard, a small, well-regarded organic vineyard in Sonoma, shortly after his graduation from UC Davis. In March of 2010, Trevor joined the winemaking team at Hewitt Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards and was appointed senior winemaker in 2015.

"From a winemaking standpoint, we have access to some of the best fruit in Napa Valley, not just from our estate in Rutherford, but also from Carneros in the south all the way up to Calistoga in the north. Our job is to make sure that each wine is balanced, complex, exciting and representative of its terroir."

Winemaker Trevor Durling

Alcohol % 15.2%
Oak Treatment Aged 20 months in French oak barrels (82% new barrels)
pH 3.84
Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Case Production 311 cases

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