DuMOL Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


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“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Montecillo Vineyard captures all the personality of this site. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, grilled herbs, black pepper and licorice give the 2016 its distinct pungent character. The tannins are powerful, but all the elements are impeccably balanced. In 2016, Andy Smith crafted a Cabernet that is both potent and also very elegant. Drinking window: 2022-2036. 95 points

Andy Smith and his team turned out a brilliant set of wines in 2017. The harvest was especially condensed, with most days seeing heavy picks of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay pretty much concurrently. Smith told me the DuMOL parcels were affected by a high incidence of shot berries, which naturally lowered yields. Small berries, often with no seeds, further resulted in a collection of dense wines. Smith told me low alcohol conversions resulted in wines with a bit lower alcohol than is typical. That is fascinating, as the wines are quite rich in feel. The bottled 2016s are just as compelling from bottle as they were last year from barrel.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/19)