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Producer: Arkenstone, Article: North Coast Part 1: Napa Valley’s Incredible 2016s

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VintageWineColorRatingPriceReviews
2016 Arkenstone Sauvignon Blanc Estate

This estate makes one of the most serious and age-worthy Sauvignon Blancs in Napa Valley, and their 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc doesn’t disappoint. Including 7% Semillon and aged in a mix of concrete eggs and new and used French oak, it offers deep, rich notes of white grapefruit, peach, and crushed lime. With medium to full body, good acidity, and terrific depth of fruit, it’s capable of lasting for 10-15 years.

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This estate makes one of the most serious and age-worthy Sauvignon Blancs in Napa Valley, and their 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc doesn’t disappoint. Including 7% Semillon and aged in a mix of concrete eggs and new and used French oak, it offers deep, rich notes of white grapefruit, peach, and crushed lime. With medium to full body, good acidity, and terrific depth of fruit, it’s capable of lasting for 10-15 years.

2016 Arkenstone Cabernet Sauvignon NVD

Brought up in 75% new barrels, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon NVD comes from sites throughout the valley and could be considered the entry-level wine of the estate. It’s a beautiful 2016 offering lots of crème de cassis, toasted spices, and hints of vanilla in a full-bodied, seamless, charming and impeccably balanced style. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years.

  $95 1

Brought up in 75% new barrels, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon NVD comes from sites throughout the valley and could be considered the entry-level wine of the estate. It’s a beautiful 2016 offering lots of crème de cassis, toasted spices, and hints of vanilla in a full-bodied, seamless, charming and impeccably balanced style. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years.

2016 Arkenstone Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Estate

The finest wine I’ve tasted from the estate, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Estate checks in as 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec. Aged 22 months in new barrels, its deep inky color is followed by a full-bodied, rich, concentrated beauty that has subtle background oak as well as tons of cassis fruits and notes of white flowers, crushed rocks, and classic Howell Mountain pine and bay leaf notes. Hats off to winemaker Sam Kaplan for this sensational effort. Give bottles 2-4 years and it’s capable of keeping for 2+ decades.

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The finest wine I’ve tasted from the estate, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Estate checks in as 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec. Aged 22 months in new barrels, its deep inky color is followed by a full-bodied, rich, concentrated beauty that has subtle background oak as well as tons of cassis fruits and notes of white flowers, crushed rocks, and classic Howell Mountain pine and bay leaf notes. Hats off to winemaker Sam Kaplan for this sensational effort. Give bottles 2-4 years and it’s capable of keeping for 2+ decades.

2015 Arkenstone Cabernet Sauvignon Coliseum Block

Lastly, and the only 2015 Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon is all Cabernet Sauvignon that saw an extended élevage, spending 30 months (8 months more than the estate) in new French oak. Coming all from the Hossfeld Vineyard, which is a rocky, hillside vineyard in Soda Canyon, it offers a pure, precise, and elegant style as well as a full-bodied, deep, layered style on the palate. Fabulous notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, camphor, licorice, cigar tobacco, and crushed rocks all emerge from the glass. It’s another powerful yet classic wine from winemaker Sam Kaplan. Hide bottles for 3-4 years and enjoy over the following two decades.

  $175 1

Lastly, and the only 2015 Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon is all Cabernet Sauvignon that saw an extended élevage, spending 30 months (8 months more than the estate) in new French oak. Coming all from the Hossfeld Vineyard, which is a rocky, hillside vineyard in Soda Canyon, it offers a pure, precise, and elegant style as well as a full-bodied, deep, layered style on the palate. Fabulous notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, camphor, licorice, cigar tobacco, and crushed rocks all emerge from the glass. It’s another powerful yet classic wine from winemaker Sam Kaplan. Hide bottles for 3-4 years and enjoy over the following two decades.