Karo-Kann Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016 | Top Value Mountain Cabernet
Karo-Kann Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016 presents an Inky, nearly opaque ruby-purple. Gobs of dark chocolate and café mocha aromas are edged with a subtle lift. And a slight hint of eucalyptus that joins Amarena cherries and melted black licorice. While it’s seriously structured on the palate. And with unexpectedly floral peppercorn notes flashing through the more dominant flavors of kirsch-filled chocolate ganache, blackberries, and graphite-like minerality, all accented with well-integrated and toasty vanilla bean and a hint of allspice. Texturally, this lingers on the palate in the best possible way and invites a pairing with a rich ribeye.
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.
While we can’t name the exact vineyard source for this wine—strictly prohibited by NDA—but we can tell you it’s a Wine Enthusiast favorite. With piles of 90+ point scores, and their own wines sell for north of $60. Nestled in the Vaca Mountains between 900 and 1,200 feet of elevation, this site yields Cabernet Sauvignon with vibrant, cool-climate acidity to go along with signature Napa Valley opulence and rugged mountain complexity.
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, 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!”