Two-thousand-sixteen was a perfect vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon. A cool, wet winter led to deeper, darker skins and a warm spring / summer fostered slow, balanced ripening and vibrant, red fruit. This wine leads with blue and black fruit on the nose, and with a little time in the glass, develops notes of graphite and violets. A cassis-like viscosity coats the entire palate, unveiling Morello cherry and the ripe flesh of a plum, finishing with a hint of bay leaf. The acid and fine tannins will allow for complexity to develop over the next 3-5 years in bottle, but the overall balance of the vintage allows for this wine to be enjoyed now.
Band of Vintners is the outcome of seven wine industry friends who regularly get together to taste wine and talk shop. The collective “insider” knowledge of where the best fruit can be sourced, where the deals can be found, and where favors can be called in when needed, was contagious, and surprised even us. The outcome, is a wine we believe makes a strong case for one of the best QPRs in the Napa Valley, and something we’re proud to share with our friends, family, and neighbors. 92% Cabernet / 6% Merlot / 2% Cabernet Franc