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2016 B Cellars Ehrlich Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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July 7, 2024 - $81

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RATINGS

97+ The Wine Advocate

...kirsch, black cherries, cassis and violets scents with touches of unsmoked cigars, wild sage, cast iron pan and lavender. Full-bodied, super concentrated and wonderfully decadent in the mouth, it has a firm yet plush frame and layer upon layer of perfumed black fruit lingering long into the finish.

94Wine Enthusiast

Thick, rich and densely packed in blackberry and black licorice, this wine finds complementary lightness in a waft of violet. Substantial in weight and grippy tannin, it lingers on a lengthy finish in chocolate mocha and cherry liqueur.

92Wine Spectator

...ample core of currant and blackberry fruit that is lightly steeped, while bramble, tobacco and roasted cedar notes fill in the background. A flash of menthol through the finish adds range.

92James Suckling

...juicy red with lots of dried-fruit, herb and plum character, medium body, round tannins and a delicious finish.

PRODUCER

B Cellars

B Cellars was established in 2003 when Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys decided to step back from previous careers and produce wine. Winemaker Kirk Venge soon joined the team. The label and logo stand for the BRIX scale, which is a system used to measure the sugar content of grapes and wine. B Cellars sources grapes from many of Napa’s premier vineyards, producing a large portfolio of blends and single vineyards wines. Included are Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and proprietary blends.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Oakville

Oakville AVA is one of the two or three most prestigious appellations in the United States. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, its 5,000 vineyard acres produce some of the world’s most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, including such California “cult” Cabs as Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate. Before those boutique producers rose to fame in the 1990s, Oakville was already renowned as home to Robert Mondavi, Opus One and Groth Vineyards, among others. Along with the famous wineries, there are premier vineyards in this AVA, including Martha’s Vineyard and To Kalon Vineyard. To Kalon was first planted in 1868 by H.W. Crabb, one of California’s first viticultural researchers, and he named the vineyard after the ancient Greek phrase for “most beautiful.” Though many grapes can be successfully grown in Oakville, Cabernet Sauvignon is king. Merlot and Chardonnay are also frequently planted. Oakville Cabs are prized for their richness, complexity and weight. Oakville was designated as an AVA in 1993.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.