Winemaker, Keith Emerson, draws out a sincerely captivating and complex couple of Cabernet’s from Napa. He makes the wines at the illustrious Vineyard 29 Estate in St. Helena. You cannot get a better value!
This 2016 starts off with fresh violets, blue fruit and lead onto the palate with a mouth-coating plushness. It has a medium to full body, nice acid backbone, and velvety texture that lingers. Grab 12 bottles and be impressed from glass one until you’re coming back for more.
The duo of Keith Emerson and Brian Brown are one helluva powerhouse wine team. Their day jobs at big name wineries were already impressive, so why would two gainfully employed gents, who had it made at successful wine ventures, take a risk and upstart their own label? Because they could, and more importantly because they just couldn't pass up a golden opportunity to make wines from highly coveted fruit sources. It all started in a vintage that was marked by abundant quality and quantity. One harvest afternoon, a pint of beer (maybe two) later, Keith and Brian had struck up a partnership Having a shared philosophy that fine wine production maintains a consistency of balance and style, while preserving elegance from vintage to vintage, they've proven with each subsequent release that it can be true.Their logo on the bottle depicts a California poppy laced with gold nuggets - a little bit of cultural and historical homage to the natural bounty of the Golden State. While their style is decidedly bold, they achieve balanced wines through disciplined winegrowing and winemaking techniques. We're so glad these guys weren't content to just make wine for somebody else.
These wines are made by Keith Emerson at the Vineyard 29 winemaking facility. Looking first at the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, this beauty is 100% varietal and was brought up in 40% new French oak. It offers a classic feel in its cassis and candied cherry fruits and has complex floral and fruitcake notes, medium to full body, and considerable elegance and purity as well as silky tannins. Its subtle, understated style grows on you with time in the glass, and it’s ideal for drinking over the coming 10-15 years