Karo-Kann Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016 | Top Value Mountain Cabernet
Karo-Kann Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016 presents a deep purple in the glass. A brooding nose presents notes of black currant, blackberry, mocha, vanilla, violets, and a touch of spearmint. Rich and full-bodied, with black cherry and dark chocolate notes framed by tightly structured tannins, and it leaves a lingering impression of ripe fruit on the finish. Enjoyable now for its power, it will gain further complexity with time in the cellar. Drink now – 2028.
The Karo-Kann Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016 delivers serious quality for the insanely reasonable price of $27 per bottle. This is textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that’s a steal considering it’s sourced from luxe terroir where triple-digit prices don’t get a second look.
This is more than a steal, it’s a statement.
So, way back in the summer of 2016, as July rounded the corner to August, we walked the vines at the world-class Stags Leap estate, kicking up red volcanic dust as we admired the impeccable rows of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The clusters were pristine and incredibly uniform; tight-fisted with small berries, primed to deliver the extraordinary dark-fruit concentration and luxurious texture this Napa stalwart is known for.
The name Karo-Kann is a tribute to the world-famous chess maneuver. The strategy—like most of chess—centers around making the perfect move for the long game. Of course, Karo-Kann wines are the result of decades of strategy. So, by putting the wines first and picking our spots we are able to deliver what most don’t think is possible. Hence, an incredibly priced Napa Cabernet that is true, thoughtfully crafted, and delicious.
Winemaker Britt Nichols
So, Winemaker Britt Nichols has been lighting up the scoreboard for nearly half a decade. While her hit parade shows no signs of slowing down. As one Nichols devotee reminded us last week, “Anything with Britt Nichols name on it should be purchased immediately and by the caseload. And the raves just keep coming. Hence, with other members calling Karo-Kann “another price-point winner. And let us know to keep these wines coming with notes like “We bought two more cases!”