2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Year's Best US Cabernet/BlendsDec 01, 2018
This bold style Cabernet Sauvignon displays great complexity and structure. There are aromas of dark berry fruits and plum on the nose with chocolate and vanilla on the palate.
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and1% other red varietals
Total Acidity 0.54 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Barrel Aging: The wine aged predominately in oak barrels, both new and old French and American, for approximately 6 months.
Fermentaion: 6-10 days on the skins
The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer. A cooler than normal end of the ripening season allowed the wines to have ripeness, yet maintain freshness and elegance.
The early dry and warm spring, combined with cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in the longest harvest on record in Washington State (August 15-November 15).
Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with nicely resolved tannins and maturity.
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Every aspect of the winemaking process is carefully controlled during the production of Grand Estates. These uncompromising winemaking practices – while time-consuming and costly – are the only way to guarantee that every bottle of Grand Estates represents the varietal expression of the region. It’s this devotion to quality that has cemented Grand Estates as one of the world’s best wine values.