2016 Cavus Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District


Cavus is a family run vineyard nestled in the hillside of the Stag’s Leap appellation in Napa Valley, neighboring the famed Shafer Hillside vineyard. Owner Darryl Browman named the winery for the snow “cave” he and a few friends built to survive the night when trapped on a mountain in Argentina. 

He has certainly gone all out with Cavus, hiring winemaker extraordinaire Dave Phinney, and vineyard manager Jim Barbour. Jim is one of the best viticulturists there is having previously worked with Hundred Acre, Grace Family, Checkerboard, Gandona Estate, Pride, Celia Welch, Philippe Melka, Thomas Brown, Heidi Barrett, Andy Erickson, and many more. 

This is the type of wine you would expect from this All-Star team: Rich, concentrated, powerful, and balanced. This wine squares you up with juicy cassis and blackberry then finishes with soft supple and ever so delicious tannins. This wine is rarely found outside the winery, lucky for you we are on the inside.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Dave Phinney
21 months
Oak Treatment:
New French oak
Napa Valley
Stags Leap District
Total Varietal Composition %:
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
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750 ml Bottle

Wine Enthusiast

Burly in tobacco, earth and plenty of power, this robust wine is plummy and rich in dark cherry, the fruit taking on a jammy, concentrated aura. Notes of sage, dust and crushed rock add complexity to the undeniable ripeness.