Textbook Mise en Place Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Classic Bordelaise winemaking (blended varietals, new French oak, egg-white fining) Unfiltered. Hand-harvested, hand-sorted. It is called “Mise en place” to reflect the preparation and diligence exercised in the vineyards and winery. The longer season allowed for perfect flavor development in Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot across Oakville.
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This cabernet, from a rocky site on the east side of the valley, includes merlot from the western benchlands. The wine is fresh up front, with floral scents of currants and blueberries, then a little rough around the edges as the substantial, youthful tannins take hold. Oak impacts the finish, but there’s a lot of flavor density that should lengthen with bottle age.
Thick in oak and tannin, this wine has grip and tension that underlie a foundation of savory cedar, currant, clove and tobacco. This will do well over time; enjoy 2022–2026.
Located in Napa, CA, Textbook was founded in 2004 by industry veterans Jonathan and Susan Pey, and produces distinctive wines from coveted Napa Valley and Oakville vineyard sites. The Pey’s European background led to Textbook’s “bold-yet-balanced” winemaking style which has made Textbook an industry-leading producer of inspiring Napa Valley wines enjoyed by discerning wine consumers across the U.S. and abroad. Napa Valley produces less than 5% of California’s wines and is without peer when it comes to producing North America’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon. Textbook specializes in small lots of critically-acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay from some of Napa Valley best vineyards.
Home to some of the most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in America, Napa Valley’s Oakville district stretches across the center of Napa's valley floor and foothills between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. This AVA is home to the legendary To Kalon Vineyard and Martha's Vineyard, as well as many powerhouse wineries including Screaming Eagle, Silver Oak, Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Far Niente and Groth.
The climate is generally warm and agreeable, resulting in year after year of favorable vintages. Summer days see a gentle tug of war between warmer inland air and the cool air coming in from the San Pablo Bay, creating an ideal environment to grow red varieties. Oakville's diverse soils, namely ancient sea bedrock, clay and gravel, are well-drained, and perfect for high-caliber viticulture.
Cabernet here is often bottled varietally but is also popular in Bordeaux Blends. Oakville wines are known for their silky, sensual textures, structured tannins, dark and brooding fruit and lovely aromatics. These age-worthy and prestigious wines are favored by collectors throughout the world.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.