The 2016 Black Sears Estate Cabernet Sauvignon might be the most fruit-forward vintage we have seen yet. For a young Cabernet from over 2400-ft, the tannins are remarkably supple and well integrated. One could easily mistake this for a bottle with five or more years in the cellar. The 2016 is rich, vuluptuous, black-fruit-driven, and shows a wonderful aromatic tension, balanced palate, and a sunny finish.
The nose resonates with aromas of baking spices, warm cedar mulch, tobacco, and leather. On the palate, this high-elevation Cabernet delivers classic Howell Mountain notes of charred meat, black pepper, black currant, crushed rock, and an uplifting, fresh herbal finish that is clean and lasts for just enough time to leave a structured impression.
320 cases produced
21 months on 100% French Oak (2/3 new, 1/3 year-old)
Winemaker: Thomas Rivers Brown