2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon shows off a deep garnet color. It opens with inviting aromas of dark cherry, toast, cedar and nutmeg. The graceful mingling of bright plum and cherry flavors are fresh with a whisper of vanilla. A soft and velvety mid-palate is lifted by the juicy fruit flavors, and the long finish is reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux. This elegant and poised Cabernet is accessible now, and its structure and complexity will see it through many years of aging.
The Mettler family heritage honors 100 years and five generations of farming in Lodi with the release of this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. The size of the crop, the time spent on the vine, and the many months aged in French oak barrels all reflect the care our family took to fully express the potential of our estate vineyards.
The grapes chosen for this wine came from four of our outstanding blocks of Cabernet—all of which are sustainably farmed and planted from unique French clones. For each vineyard, the planting and trellis system were customized for the vineyard site. The vines on one vineyard, situated on a hillside, are contoured to follow the natural curvature of a bordering creek. Another vineyard has an innovative trellis system to help the grapes ripen more evenly. This custom modification to the VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellis system allows the fruit to bask in the morning sun yet remain sheltered from the afternoon heat.
- 95 Points & Gold Medal - 2019 Sunset International Wine Competition
- 92 Points & Gold Medal - 2019 Critics' Challenge Int'l Wine Competition
- 92 Points - "Classically structured" - Wine Enthusiast Magazine