2016 Rainin Vineyard Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Rainin Cabernet Sauvignon

97-100 Points (barrel) - Jeb Dunnuck
96-98 Points (barrel) - The Wine Advocate
92-95 Points (barrel) - Vinous Media

The Rainin Vineyard, founded in 1998 by the Rainin family, is a bucolic, eight acre site located on the rugged volcanic slopes of Diamond Mountain. The vines are nestled amongst majestic pine forests and redwood groves. The family's passion for the vineyard is reflected in their philosophy, "If it's not fun, we're not doing it." We hope you share their joie de vivre as you enjoy this singular expression of Rainin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Appellation: Diamond Mountain District
Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel Aging: 24 Months in 100% New French Oak
Winemaker: Steve Leveque

"Possibly my favorite of the 2016s, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rainin is another huge wine, yet it offers terrific typicity as well as complexity in its blue fruits, lavender, violets, white flowers and incense aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, powerful, and structured, it has an incredible sweetness to its fruit (it's completely dry), perfectly ripe tannin, and notable freshness. It should turn out to be a prodigious wine that can be drunk on release or cellared for 2-3 decades." -- Jeb Dunnuck

"Opening with a very deep purple-black color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rainin Vineyard (a barrel sample) is profoundly scented of crème de cassis, preserved plums, incense and lavender with touches of Indian spices, sautéed herbs and damp soil. The full-bodied palate possesses wonderful poise and expression, with the voluptuous black fruit and spice layers beautifully wrapped by velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with satisfying persistence." -- Lisa Perotti-Brown

"A rich, enveloping wine, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rainin Vineyard fills out its ample frame effortlessly with generous dark blue/purplish fruit, spice, lavender and licorice overtones. This is another ample, large-scaled Cabernet Sauvignon from Hall. Even so, the 2016 is quite open-knit and giving in this tasting." -- Antonio Galloni

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