Concept Album Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 | Parker’s “World-class” Vineyard
Concept Album Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 presents a deep ruby core extending all the way to the rim. First, the bouquet is endlessly complex, offering a cornucopia of ripe dark fruits—fresh blackberry, black cherry, black plum, and mountain blueberry—layered with clove, mocha, and vanilla. Next, rich and mouth-coating on the palate, with vibrant acidity from cool nights in the Mayacamas, backed by chewy, fine-grained tannins. As the wine opens, more complexity emerges—milk chocolate, cinnamon, and bramble. On the finish, wild dark-fruit purity and tantalizing spice get the final say, lingering for almost a minute. A complete, balanced, and unfailingly generous mountain Cabernet.
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There is very little of this wine—just two barrels—but in some ways, that’s the only reason we were able to get our hands on the Concept Album Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. Had there been enough for another full cuvée, the 100-point estate would have bottled it under one of their $90+ labels.
Seamlessly Integrated, Bold and Rich
Seamlessly integrated, rich and bold, soft and silky, all at once. An impossibly deep dark-fruited and cacao-spiced grand finale had our jaws on the floor, our minds open, and our hearts full. Then, as we emptied our glasses, the persistent finish lingering for almost a minute, we all looked around as if emerging from a dream.
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So, on the palate, this thing was absolutely loaded with bold fruit. While buttressed by vibrant acidity from the cool Spring Mountain micro-climate. The texture was rich and mouth-filling, with chewy, fine-grained tannins that spoke of the vineyard’s rocky soils.