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2016 The Debate Artalade Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.5ltr

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RATINGS

96James Suckling

This is a solid cabernet from Pritchard Hill with lots of blackberries, fresh herbs and conifer and crushed-stone undertones. Full body, juicy tannins and a long and flavorful finish.

95The Wine Advocate

...expressive crème de cassis, blueberry pie and Black Forest cake scents plus hints of bay leaves, cloves, underbrush and allspice. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, grainy frame and oodles of freshness supporting the elegant layers, finishing long and spicy.

95+ Jeb Dunnuck

...plenty of black cherry and graphite aromas, full body, and silky tannins, it’s another terrific wine from Hoefliger, but this one is going to require some patience.

93+ Vinous / IWC

...emerges from one of the best-known sites on Pritchard Hill. Powerful and savory in the glass, the Artalade has a lot to offer...

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,

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.