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2016 Nicholas Allen Wines Carte Blanche Proprietary Red

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

...blackcurrants, warm blackberries and blueberry compote notes... Medium to full-bodied and firm, with exquisitely ripe tannins, it delivers wonderful length and depth.

95Jeb Dunnuck

...blue fruits, tobacco leaf, crushed rocks, and cedary, spice-laced aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied, has a layered, balanced texture, and terrific tannin quality. It’s another powerful yet elegant wine from Keplinger.

94Vinous / IWC

...delicate and nuanced... Silky and expressive, the Proprietary Red has so much to offer. Floral notes add lift to a core of red-toned fruit in this classy, elegant wine from Carte Blanche. Everything just falls into place effortlessly.

93James Suckling

Subtle and complex with plum, chocolate and hazelnut character... Medium to full body, lightly soft tannins and a juicy finish.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,