The farming heritage runs deep at the Hayfork Ranch, as their great-great-great-grandfather, John Lewelling, a horticulturist by trade, settled the St. Helena family ranch in 1864. They started growing walnuts, prunes, pears and afterwards grapes, they have been continuously farming the land for six generations. The past two decades the Llewelling vineyard has been the source for many highly-rated wines in Napa.
Hayfork 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon “Lewelling Estate” Napa Valley
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The 2016 Hayfork arrived with a big WOW, it’s here! This wine has created a real following. The Lewelling estate (dating back to 1864) has been producing some of the most amazing Cabernet and Blends in the Napa Valley. Many wineries have been very successful with this fruit!. Haley Wight’s version of the 2013 vintage is stunning! The wine is blend of 94% Estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. On the nose you are greeted by blue and black stone fruit, a touch of chocolate with a whiff of toasty vanilla. On the palate this full-body, lush youngster is loaded with bright blue and black fruit, coffee, anise and a touch sweet oak. The finish is long and pleasant. Limited production
Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: ”I loved the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch from winemaker Haley Wight, a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot that spent 20 months in 75% new French oak. It shines for its purity and elegance just as much as its richness and depth and gives up medium to full-bodied notes of red and blue fruits, violets, and espresso roast. With silky, ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish, it tastes like it cost 2-3 times the price.”
Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with exuberant red and black currants notions with hints of black truffles and rose hip tea plus fragrant earth, Chinese five spice, dried lavender and dusty soil. Big, full, rich and seductive, it has a plush frame of velvety tannins and wonderful energy, finishing long and spicy.”
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