93 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): "Very deep purple-black in color, the 2016 Napanook Proprietary Red Wine is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc aged in 20% new oak. A beautiful perfume of violets, aniseed, truffles and lavender is just starting to emerge over a core of warm cassis, blackberry preserves and ripe plum plus hints of cedar chest, chocolate box, rare beef and cardamom. The palate is medium to full-bodied and firmly textured with very ripe tannins, gradually revealing layers of black and blue fruits plus loads of earthy sparks, finishing with amazing freshness and depth. Drink: 2019-2033. (Oct 2018)"
93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the 2016s, this was a more abundant year for this estate and the vintage was compared to 2006 by the winemakers. The 2016 Napanook is another terrific wine and has a more elegant, pretty, seamless style than the 2015, with the purity of the 2016 vintage front and center. Classic red and blue fruits, spring flowers, and tobacco leaf notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced red that will keep for 10-15 years. Drink: 2019-2034. (1/31/19)"
92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2016 Napanook will give readers tons of pleasure pretty much upon release. Open-knit and deep, with terrific fruit purity, the 2016 is impeccably balanced from start to finish. In this vintage, Napanook is distinctly medium in body, which adds to its immediacy and sheer appeal. Expressive aromatic top notes and silky tannins round things out nicely. I would prefer to drink the 2016 over the next decade or so. Drink: 2019-2028. (Dec 2018)"
Producer notes: "Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Petit Verdot 9%, Cabernet Franc 7%. Napanook 2016 offers a bouquet of lavender, cedar, ripe plum and savory earthiness supported by a structure of bright and lively tannins. 25% new barrels."
|Blend||84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc|