Ideology Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 | Best Vintage Yet
Ideology Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 presents a majestic and showy example of the grand 2016 Napa vintage. While gifted with a deep and dense ruby core with midnight black undertones. Bountiful and generous from the get-go. Purple florals are complemented by blackberry and currant preserves, espresso and spice on the nose. Across the palate, this is broad-shouldered and stern with layers of fruit and graphite, with a hint of acid and rich tannins that make it very memorable. Drink now – 2030.
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So, the 2016 vintage is one of those years in Napa that collectors will talk about forever—think 1982 in Bordeaux or 2005 in Burgundy and you’re in the same ballpark. Wine Spectator thinks it’s the best year since the legendary 1997 and praises their “intense fruit against the backdrop of their varying terroirs” while bestowing a 98 point score on the year. The Ideology Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 embodies the ideal conditions of the vintage perfectly. Quality and pedigree like this typically start at twice the price.
Ideology Cellars | Oak Knoll District
Nestled at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. While, here alluvial soils provide ideal conditions for dense, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. While Ideology’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. With their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve bottlings receiving consistently high scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. In addition, their 2016 bottling flaunts a mesmerizing array of blackberry, cassis, and plum fruit character the instant the cork is popped. Finally, giving way to dark chocolate, clove, and baking spices with time.
Winemaker Leigh Meyering
With over fifteen years of winemaking experience, Leigh brings a diverse background in all levels of production to Ideology Cellars. Furthermore, Leigh has worked with many different varietals from premier appellations including the Napa Valley, Carneros, Sonoma, and Bordeaux. While her skills have guided the development of Ideology Cellar’s vision to become a premier small production winery in the Napa Valley.
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So, Leigh sports a Master’s degree in Enology from UC Davis and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cal Polly. These technical skills enhance her creative vision. Along with a discipline of precision and accuracy, carry over in her winemaking style. Previously she held various positions in winemaking at Spring Mountain Vineyard in St. Helena, Clos Des Jacobins in St. Emilion, MacRostie in Carneros, and Charles Krug in St. Helena.