2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Release date: Fall 2020
The 2016 vintage started early and warm but ended up beautifully for Eco Terreno, especially for our later ripening red grapes. As always cool fog in the morning clearing to sunny skies by early afternoon with temperatures soaring up into the high 90°s F and the quickly cooling off following sunset. Temperature swings of up to 40° F, which is preferable for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot allowed for greater depth of flavor.
Our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has an opaque purple color, with a bright purple rim. Cassis, black cherry, brambles, warm baking spices and espresso fill an effusively fragrant nose. The flavors are similar with ripe black cherry and dark chocolate and cabernet spice impressions, and the wine is lush fruit-forward yet balanced. The finish is lingering even and silken, with hints of structure that will aid in aging. Enjoyable now and over the next seven years.
AVA: Alexander Valley
Harvest date: October 13, 2016
Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
Alcohol by Volume: 14.7%
TA: 0.6 g/mL
Barrels: 35% New Saury American oak, 65% neutral French & American oak
Time in Barrel: 15 months
Bottling Date: March 21, 2018
Cases Produced: 782