2016 The Bishop Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Bishop Cabernet Sauvignon

98+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck
98 Points - International Wine Report
97+ Points - The Wine Advocate

This wine honors the artistry and passion of Vice President of Winemaking, Steve Leveque, whose last name translates in French to “The Bishop.” The Bishop embodies a truly special experience – the combination of complexity, concentration, and elegance crafted from exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.

Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel Aging: 26 Months in 100% New French Oak
Winemaker: Steve Leveque

"A wine I wasn’t able to taste from barrel, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon The Bishop is named after the winemaker, Steve Leveque, whose last name means Bishop in French. This beauty is full-bodied and powerful, with loads of black fruits, iron, tobacco, and bloody meat notes, yet it gains nuance and complexity as it sits in the glass. Full-bodied, uber-rich, yet never heavy, it has fine tannins, beautiful depth of fruit, and a great, great finish. This is a brilliant wine that will keep for 30 years or more." --Jeb Dunnuck

"Named after winemaker Steve Leveque, whose name in French is ‘The Bishop’ this is a simply stunning Cabernet Sauvignon that is absolutely intoxicating in its youth but has a long way to go. You are instantly enticed by the complex aromatics that slowly release blueberry pie with black tea, Asian spices, mocha and tar that all collide in the glass. The wine shows off silky tannins and a voluptuous mouthfeel that dances through the mid-palate. There is a marvelous, seamless character to the wine that really rings true as this glides across the mid-palate. Intense and layered, the palate shows off rich mocha, creme de cassis, anise and Turkish coffee flavors that are woven together with minerals and fine grained tannins. A delight to savor in its youth this stunning new release will cellar well for decades." -- Owen Bargreen

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon The Bishop sings of crushed black cherries, warm black berries and fresh blackcurrants with touches of chocolate box, dried Provence herbs, lavender and tapenade. The big, beautiful, generous palate is jam-packed with black and blue fruits, framed by rock-solid, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with an array of herbs and floral sparks." -- Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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