2016 Wild Boar Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Wild Boar Cabernet Sauvignon

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Wild boars are a fixture in Napa Valley, especially in the more remote and rugged regions of the area. As vineyard owners we’ve had our share of run-ins with the creature, which is how our Wild Boar Single Vineyard Cabernet got its name. Boars love to munch on ripe wine grapes, and when we get close to harvest we try to keep them to the natural habitats that surround our vineyards. But if one or two have a meal on us, we’re okay with it. As farmers who depend on Mother Nature, sometimes we need to live and let live. Our 2016 Wild Boar is a full-bodied, mouth-filling Cabernet with layers of black raspberry, chocolate-covered cherry, cola, spicy cardamom and lavender-scented chaparral. The 2016 growing season gave this Wild Boar a more restrained tannin profile, but still this is a gutsy Napa Cab with a beautiful integration of brambly fruit and toasty oak, hints of mint and cedar, and a long, savory finish.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cases Produced:435
Aging:19 months, French (46%) and American (54%) oak barrels (45% new)
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.