Stay Home Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 | Staying Home Never Tasted So Good
Stay Home Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 presents an excellent snapshot of a textbook Napa Valley vintage. Midnight black at the core with ruby details. With deep notes of crushed violets, blackberry preserve and plum decorate the aromas. The mouthfeel is muscular and seductive full of layers composed of dark fruit, spice, and chocolate brownies. While resolving in generous tannins and structure.
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From a majestic estate that’s been described as “One of Napa’s Hidden Treasures” by Food & Wine. So, we fell for this fresh expression of Stay Home Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 as a barrel sample. With all its black cherry, mountain blueberry, tobacco leaf, and a dusting of pepper, sage, and wild spice, we assumed it was destined for the winery’s flagship $70 bottling. The one that would become a 94-point Cellar Selection in Wine Enthusiast in 2016.
“When we are at home in Napa, we drink this”
The most compelling quote we heard came directly from the family patriarch, who said of this Cabernet, “when we are at home in Napa, we drink this.”
That’s because this wine is the perfect way to experience the extreme terrain and wild elements that vines are exposed to Napa’s mountainous slopes without having to brave them yourself. Especially in 2016 the year the Wine Advocate dubbed “a fabulous vintage for expressing terroir signatures over the vintage signature,” while “offering a chance to really view the singular expressions these sites have to offer with absolute clarity.”
A viticultural Shangri-La | Atlas Peak
For us, nothing is more familiar than the romance of Napa Valley Cabernet from estates like this. Resting serenely at 1,800 feet above sea level, the 1,200-acre natural amphitheater is ringed by hills and ridges. Emerging from the garden driveway and taking in the sprawling vistas is akin to a viticultural Shangri-La.
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Even though we essentially live and work in the shadow of Atlas Peak, the remote, volcanic palisade on the eastern flanks of Napa Valley has always retained an eerily beguiling shroud of mystery. Nothing changes, no matter how many times we’ve braved the jagged curves of its infamous Soda Canyon Road. It’s the kind of drive that’s more fun to re-live from the safety of the couch than the white-knuckle confines of the car, truth be told. Especially when the wine itself is so evocative of its scenic origins.
With the estate’s soaring, mountainous essence captured in such a thrillingly extracted, powerhouse $20 bottle. As a result, we can’t think of a better excuse to, well, stay home and drink it in.