This brickhouse red from a near-perfect vintage offers loads of pleasure now but the promise of so much more to come over the coming years. 91% Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Petit Verdot saw just shy of two years in mostly new French oak. Time and air will uncoil the cassis aromatics along with licorice, garrigue, soil and cedar. Solid, muscular black fruit embraces ripe, grainy tannins on a slow, delicious roll to an energetic, earthy finish.
The 2016 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and a 1% splash of Petit Verdot aged for 21 months in 78% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with exuberant blackcurrant pastilles, wild blueberries and black cherries scents with touches of licorice, garrigue, tilled soil and cedar chest plus hints of tobacco and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house with a solid, muscular black fruit core and firm, ripe, grainy tannins plus a wonderfully refreshing line, finishing with loads of energetic earth and herbal sparks.