MORLET 2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON "COEUR DE VALLEE" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

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Item #:
245390
Bottle Size:
750ml
Quantity On Hand:
11
Wine Advocate Score: 97
Jeb Dunnuck Score: 97
$194.95
This is a wine from arguably one of the best Cabernet vineyards in the world, crafted by one of our wine staff's favorite winemakers in California! Luc Morlet is a very talented man; he crafted high-scoring, powerful wines when he took over the winemaking duties at Newton Vineyards from John Kongsgaard and he was also the head winemaker at Peter Michael Winery (note: he is still Sir Peter Michael’s consulting winemaker)! Having earned several 100-point scores over his career, he does what it takes to make profound wine. Enter the Beckstoffer family’s To Kalon Vineyard. This glorious vineyard in western Oakville in the heart of the Napa Valley is full of gravel and low nutrient soils. This causes the grapes to struggle, focusing the energy of the plants toward flavor in the grapes, and it received plenty of sunshine during the day, yet the Mayacamas Mountains to the west block the scorching afternoon sun, allowing the grapes to retain freshness. Aged for 16 months in French oak, and blended with a small amount of Cabernet Franc, this wine earned 97 points from both Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Jeb Dunnuck!

JEB DUNNUCK 97 POINTS - "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Coeur de Vallee comes all from Beckstoffer's portion of the To Kalon Vineyard and it's a thrill a minute, offering awesome notes of blue fruits, chocolate, incense, candied violets, and high-class cigar tobacco. As seamless and elegant as they come, yet also opulent and sexy, this remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon could come from nowhere else in the world. Drink it over the coming 2-3 decades."

ROBERT PARKER 97 POINTS - "This is the last vintage when this wine will come exclusively from Beckstoffer's To Kalon vineyard. In the future it will come (more and more) from Morlet's own new vineyard in Oakville—just across from To Kalon. A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Coeur de Vallee has a very deep purple-black color and reveals compelling notes of minted blackcurrants, black cherries and wild blueberries with touches of sage, cigar box, tilled black soil and Indian spices with a suggestion of cardamom. Full-bodied and laden with densely packed, muscular fruit, it has a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long with those To Kalon spices lingering with fantastic persistence. 250 cases produced, to be released in the fall of 2019."
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