Take one iconic Napa producer Duckhorn, and add emerging region Red Mountain in Yakima Valley, top with a warm vintage, and you have the recipe for a blockbuster Cabernet. It’s full-bodied, rich and has with the structure to age, but is amazingly brilliant right now. This is a serious contender to many top wines from California at a steal of a price, so take our advice and head north.
Quite complex yet contained aromas of cassis, mulberries, leaves and bracken here, leading to a palate that has a smooth, sleek and softly approachable feel. Fresh dark berries sit in gentle tannins. A blend of 88% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot, 2% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc. Drink over the next six years.
Deep ruby/purple-colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain checks in as 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 2% each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, all aged 20 months in 41% new French (and a small amount of American) oak. Blackcurrants, black cherries, spice box, dried herbs, and earthy notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, elegant, and seamless on the palate, with beautiful fruit. It's good today but has good underlying tannins, and I suspect it will keep for 10+ years.