Rombauer Vineyards 2016 'Diamond Selection' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Item Number: 13647
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Grape(s): 83% Cabernet Sauvignon / 9% Petit Verdot / 8% Merlot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.8
Cabernet Sauvignon was the first wine produced by Rombauer Vineyards when the winery was founded in 1980. Diamond Selection, first produced with the 1994 vintage, represents the best lots harvested each growing season. This reserve bottling comes from estate vineyards and top grower vineyards in Atlas Peak, Calistoga, Mount Veeder, Oakville, and St. Helena AVAs
Vintage Notes: A cool spell in August stalled harvest a bit at the outset, but a warm September brought a mad dash to the finish. All in all, 2016 was another high-quality vintage despite small volumes for some varietals due to cool, rainy weather at flowering. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. The wine was primarily barrel fermented to provide a richer, more textured palate. The wine was gently basket pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The finest lots were carefully chosen and blended to produce the Diamond Selection.
Tasting Notes: This elegantly balanced wine is deep and dark with a purple hue. Aromas of black currant and black cherry combine seamlessly with sweet notes of oak. The palate is ripe and soft, with pronounced blackberry and a hint of spice, lush tannins and sweet, subtle oak. Black currant builds on the finish.