Sullivan Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (Rutherford, Napa, California) - [TP 94] [JD 92+]

Sullivan Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
(Rutherford, Napa, California) - [TP 94] [JD 92+]


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TP94 JD92+
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Notes from the Winemaker:
The 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and finished before the first rains of the season. July and August were relatively mild. A series of warm days at the end of the growing season brought the fruit to ripeness. Another drought season produced smaller more concentrated berries resulting in another stellar year for Napa Valley wines.

Tasting Notes

Hints of dark chocolate and leather laced with black pepper are identified immediately, but there is an intriguing floral and black cherry character that lingers with plum. The typical savory Rutherford dust is present, yet there is a freshness, a creaminess, and a sweetness of fruit that adds richness. The balance between the acid and tannin give length and really allow the wine to linger long beyond the initial sip. This wine is truly a representation of the Estate and is promised to deliver the best Rutherford has to offer.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Tasting Panel:
" Rich ruby color; plum and vanilla nose; silky texture, toasty and refined; long and elegant with notes of coffee, spice and mocha; plum, berry and deep flavors."


92+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"All three of the 2016s I was able to taste showed beautifully. Starting with the 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot, brought up in 50% new oak. This is classic Cabernet all the way and offers lots of cassis, green tobacco, cedar, and dark chocolate. These carry to a medium to full-bodied 2016 that has ripe, present tannins, good purity, and an old school, complex, textbook Cabernet character. Give it 3-4 years and enjoy over the following two decades." (1/31/2020)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2015 Vintage):
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon rocks up with gregarious black cherries, blackcurrants and warm plums with hints of menthol, chocolate box and fragrant earth. Big, rich and full-bodied, with loads of minted black berry and earthy layers, it has a firm, grainy frame and fantastic length." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (October 2018)