In a tasting of the Big Boys & Girls, a “smaller” one was like “Speedy Gonzalez”

The lineup included:

  • VHR (100 AG)
  • Dominus (97 AG)
  • Adamus (97 RP)
  • Chappellet (100 JD)
  • Bevan Tench (97+ RP)
  • Carter “Grand Daddy” (98+)
  • Fairchild GIII (97+ RP)
  • Pulido Walker (97 AG)
  • Kelly Fleming (97 AG)
  • Crocker Starr “Stone Place” (96+ JD)
  • Cliff Ledge “Beckstoffer To-Kalon” (98+ RP)
  • Carte Blanche

Our group consisted out of 17 tasters and the results:
Carte Blanche received 11 FIRST, 4 SECOND and 1 THIRD place votes,  BEVAN 4 FIRST, 8 SECOND and 3 THIRD place votes, KELLY FLEMING 2 FIRST, 4 SECOND and 3 THIRD place votes!

Carte Blanche 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 154.99
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Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “A different beast, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is more backward and reticent, and while it needs 4-5 years of bottle age, is packed with potential. Both black and blue fruits, earth, tobacco, and freshly crushed rock notes all flow to a full-bodied 2016 that has plenty of fine tannins, remarkable purity of fruit, and beautiful intensity and length. Do your best to give this some bottle age, and you’ll be rewarded with a phenomenal Napa Valley Cabernet that will keep for 2-3 decades.”

Robert Parker 95+ Points: “One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 100% French oak, the very deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon gives quite a meaty nose of chargrilled meats, charcuterie and beef drippings over a core of cassis, preserved plums and black cherries plus touches of cedar, unsmoked cigars and underbrush. Full, rich and seductive in the mouth, it has a soft, super ripe and finely grained texture with layer upon layer of black fruits, finishing long with a spicy kick.”

Winery Notes: “The 2016 Carte Blanche Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% varietal makeup. Sitting in the southwest corner of Oakville, Missouri Hopper Vineyard owned by Andy Beckstoffer, is the home of our Cabernet Sauvignon. Situated at the base of the Mayacamas, the wine exhibits Dark and red fruits, cassis, violets, forest floor, wet stones, and a hint of lead pencil layer seamlessly throughout the nose. A plush and generous palate opens to reveal black fruits, hint of red currant, fresh tobacco leaf, and crushed rock, all leading to a silky ultra-long finish. Enjoyable now with air and built for cellar aging.”

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