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.JD91
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.WE91
Bright, compelling aromas of raspberry, red currant and spice lead to ripe red-fruit flavors that taper toward the finish. Plump, surprisingly tamed tannins provide support.WA92
The 2016 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a success this year, revealing aromas of ripe plums, cassis, pencil shavings and espresso roast. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, rich and generous, with an ample core of fruit, juicy acids and a flavorful finish. It's a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc.