2016 HALL Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall is also gorgeous. Currants, cassis, spring flowers, and hints of underbrush all emerge from this full-bodied, opulent and seamless barrel sample that has richness with no weight, fine tannin, and stunning purity of fruit. It much more approachable than the 2015 but should age gracefully as well."
93-95 Points - The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perotti-Brown
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall (a barrel sample) has a deep garnet-purple color and a fragrant black cherry compote, blackberry tart and plum preserves-scented nose with hints of dried herbs, rose hips, violets and forest floor. Full-bodied and gregariously fruited in the mouth, the perfumed black fruit layers have a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long with lingering pepper and dried herbs notions."
The 2016 Kathryn Hall is deep ruby in color with enticing aromas of cassis, violets, cacao, anise and black tea. This powerful vintage sets the stage for a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with layered notes of dark plum, ripe blackberry, anise, pine needle and violet. The firm tannins are well integrated and provide a structured backbone to this opulent wine.
The Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon is the pinnacle of our blending efforts each year. The exalted Sacrashe vineyard takes center stage, and is the basis of this blend. The vineyard contributes the mouth-coating richness and complexity, offering deep, dark earthy cassis flavors and powerfully dense tannins. From there, we search out complementary vineyards, usually from the most regarded mountain appellation, to create balance, symmetry and finesse in the wine. Lastly, we introduce vineyards with profound depth and decadence to heighten the voluptuousness and opulence that have become a hallmark character of our flagship wine.
|Varietal Composition||90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot|
|Barrel Aging||26 Months in 80% New French Oak|
|Vineyard||Sacrashe & Vineyard Partners|
|Vintage Notes||The 2016 vintage marked the end of the drought years, although precipitation levels were still moderate to low. Near-perfect growing conditions continued throughout the summer with a few heat spikes that the valley is known for. Yields were a bit lower than normal, but the quality of the harvest was high. The resulting wine is rich and lush, with supple tannins and opulent, elegant finishes. Wines from 2016 are a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar Napa Valley wines.|