Purlieu Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 | Best Le Pich Yet – 94pts
Purlieu Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 presents a deep ruby color. Fresh and inviting aromas of black cherry, black currant, cedar, crushed violets, and crushed rock minerality. Utterly silken and mouth-filling, revealing a panoply of red and black fruit redolent of black raspberry, boysenberry, and black cherry, with pops of graphite, brown spices, and a hint of mocha. Elongated, supple tannins give the wine a buoyant feel, while soft acidity further enhances the richness and a long, dark-fruited finish leaves you wanting more. Enjoy now through 2030.
94RP | Deep garnet-purple colored, the Purlieu Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 features very pretty notes of crushed blueberries, blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with hints of violets and cedar chest plus a waft of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, packed with vibrant black fruits and plushly textured, this buxom beauty is ready for biz, finishing satisfyingly long and spicy.
Le Pich | Golden Eagle
Le Pich gets its name from a Wappo Indian term meaning “golden eagle.” While they are hunting birds, and you can often spot them above the vineyards as they soar, glide, circle and arc. They are beautiful birds — stately and impressive, but not haughty or boasting, with a nimbleness that’s inspiring.
Napa 2016 | Extraordinary 98 point vintage
Parker’s Advocate called it “extraordinary” and rated it a 98-point vintage. Hence, effectively tying it with the venerable critics “great vintage in 37 years,” which was the 2013 vintage. For collectors, that’s a big deal. And for lovers of age-worthy wines that are also delicious out the gate? It’s a golden ticket.
The result here is another masterpiece—ripe black fruit accented by mocha and graphite, beautiful balance, and a long expressive finish. Purlieu Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is a joy to drink now and over the next decade. That is if you’re quicker than the Fayard fans today.
Winemaker Julien Fayard
“One of the finest wines I’ve had. Didn’t buy enough. Little wonder, given Fayard’s background: after stints at Lafite-Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte, he moved to Napa in 2006 to work alongside Philippe Melka at Quintessa before striking out on his own to craft his masterful Purlieu and Le Pich Cabernets. The Purlieu Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, from the latest in a line of excellent Napa vintages, was sourced from many of the same stellar sites as Purlieu’s single-vineyard To Kalon masterpieces.
So, in Fayard’s work, the lessons of Lafite rule: attention to detail and restraint in the cellar. Notably working for years with Melka on projects like Gemstone, Dalla Valle, and Lail. Those experiences offering Fayard with the understanding of the Valley’s vineyards and relationships with top growers. While, these relationships allow Fayard to source top-flight fruit for Purlieu from sites like Pritchard Hill and To Kalon.