Wine Advocate Review
The 2016 Winemaker's Cuvee is medium to deep garnet-purple in color and scented of cassis, blackberries and preserved plums with suggestions of cedar chest, wood smoke, dried herbs and tapenade plus a waft of charcoal. Full-bodied with tons of black fruit and wood-inspired flavors, it has a solid line of ripe tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long. Drink now-2032.
Wine Tasting Notes
The Winemaker's Cuvee is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the northern tip of the Alexander Valley AVA east of the Russian River. The combination of this warm climate and its alluvial and gravelly loam soil is ideal for creating balanced wines of complexity, concentration and richness. Black cherry, blueberry and plum are the gateway to a multi-layered palate of dark fruits, vanilla, black currant and the ideal tannin-acid structure on this wine. A supple mouth-feel with velvety tannins and rich flavors linger on the finish of this balanced wine.
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot