WINE TRAVEL: Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, USA

Napa Valley is a renowned Californian wine-producing region north of San Francisco, USA. It’s the most famous and prestigious wine region of the New World with hundreds of vineyards. Its wineries range from small, family-run estates to landmarks.

Climate, geology and topography are three essential components in what makes Napa Valley a first-rate viticultural area. The combined influences of San Pablo Bay and the hills of the North Coast Ranges are responsible for the valley’s very particular mesoclimate. The morning fogs and cool afternoon breezes moderate the temperatures of the vineyards, which is helping to achieve structure and balance in the wines.

Although a number of grape varieties are grown in Nappa Valley’s vineyards, the area is particularly known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. The classic “Napa Cab” wine is truly incredible, it’s a rich, oak-aged red with aromas of blackcurrant, boysenberry, liquorice, vanilla and smoky, bittersweet chocolate.

Today, we are delighted to introduce the newly released 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Joseph Phelps Vineyards, a family-owned winery established in 1973. This is a blend based on Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of other varieties: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc.

The wine was aged for 18 months in French and American oak barrels: 48% in new and 52% in 1-2 year old barrels. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is ultra-concentrated with dense black fruit, anise, roasted coffee, ripe blueberries, cedar box and graphite. A fresh and focused wine with creamy texture and a long luscious mouth feel with dusty earth, baking spices, sweet vanilla and fresh fig notes.

Critic scores: JS 94, WW 94, WE 93, RP 93, WS 91
Vivino: 4.4

Amsterdam, February 10th 2020