2016 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon


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Our organically-farmed Holy Smoke vineyard sits in the heart of the Oakville appellation at the approximate center of Napa Valley. It derives its name in part from the smoke-like fog that lingers above the vines on summer mornings, lifting gradually as the sun heats the valley floor. This wine comes from a small parcel of the vineyard planted to Clone 4, and the synergy between clone and soil yields a beautifully-structured, mouth-filling Cabernet.  The 2016 Holy Smoke exhibits a rich fruit core of black cherries, boysenberries, warm plum and plumped raisins, interwoven with aromatic accents of espresso and dark chocolate cake. Layers of sweet tobacco and wild herbs, including savory hints of thyme and fennel, are revealed as the wine opens up in the glass. This is a generous, full-bodied Oakville Cabernet, a sumptuous wine with firm, chewy tannins and a long-lasting finish.

All the Facts

Appellation:Oakville, Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cases Produced:425
Aging:19 months in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels
Enjoyability:Drink now or cellar. Pull the cork until 2036 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

An early bud break followed by warm weather and spring rains brought a rapid start to an ideal 2016 growing season, one with beautiful weather from bloom, to berry set, to veraison and harvest in our Napa Valley estate vineyards. Our winemaker and vineyard managers – Paul Steinauer and Pat and Sean Garvey - worked closely together as the season progressed to ensure grapes ripened uniformly, adjusting vine canopies, thinning fruit and keeping a close eye on soil moisture. The harvest began in mid-August and wrapped up by mid-October, just ahead of the valley’s first significant fall rainstorm.

90 points
Wine Enthusiast 
"Juicy red and black fruit mark this full-bodied wine from the heart of the appellation—a study in sweet cherry, vanilla and a tinge of marshmallow. Firm heavy tannins wrap around the succulent core, providing structure." —Virginie Boone, December 2019

92 points
Wine Spectator
"A very deep and loamy style, with a broad swath of mulled currant, blackberry puree and black cherry reduction flavors, infused with hints of sage, mint and sassafras, ending with a substantial but seductive structure on the finish. A bit showy in style, but the distinctive tug of Oakville is noticeable. Best from 2020 through 2030." —James Molesworth, October 2019 Issue
96 Points
Blue Lifestyle
"Rich garnet color; rich plum nose; velvety texture with rich plum, berry and spice plus a lovely vanilla component; complex, layered with every element in sync; long and masterful." Read more. April 2019
90 points
James Suckling
"Very intense, almost essence-like cabernet with chocolate and black cherries, as well as boysenberries and some raisin notes at the finish. Drink now." November 2018 

 "The deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Holy Smoke Vineyard reveals Black Forest cake, espresso and baked plums with wafts of warm cassis, tobacco and wild thyme. It's very firm and chewy on full-bodied palate with plenty of earthy/savory layers and a firm finish."
- The Wine Advocate,
November 2018