Rombauer Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Rombauer Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Item Number: 11899

UPC: 0-097921872106

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 87% Cabernet Sauvignon / 8% Petit Verdot / 5% Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5

Cabernet Sauvignon was the first wine produced by Rombauer Vineyards when the winery was founded in 1980. This bottling is made exclusively with Napa Valley fruit from vineyards owned by the Rombauer family, along with carefully selected sites from some of the region’s top growers.

Vineyard Notes: The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, St. Helena, Calistoga and Rutherford AVAs.

Vintage Notes: A cool spell in August stalled harvest a bit at the outset, but a warm September brought a mad dash to the finish. All in all, 2016 was another high-quality vintage despite small volumes for some varieties due to cool, rainy weather at flowering. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was manually picked at night and sorted in the vineyard.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor, before a combination of tank and barrel fermentation was used to provide a richer, more textured palate. The wine was gently basket pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The wine spent 16 months in 80% new French oak.

Tasting Notes: The nose on the Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon is expressive with aromas of red fruit, cassis and toast. The wine has a full body that is packed with flavors of boysenberry, raspberry and black cherry, along with notes of sweet tobacco, cedar and vanilla. Supple tannins carry through to a lingering finish.


  • James Suckling
    Rating: 91 ()
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (1/31/2019)

    The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc) offers plenty of charm in its dark currant and black raspberry fruits, iron, and herbal aromas and flavors. This fleshy, rich, medium to full-bodied effort has tons of fruit, good balance, and plenty of character. It should keep for a decade or more.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (6/27/2019)

    Warm blueberry, açaí berry and blackberry puree flavors form the core. Polished in feel, with melted licorice and sweet tobacco accents hanging on the finish. Drink now through 2024.