Forged from secret vineyard sources in Rutherford and Oak Knoll, the 2016 Cerro Blend from Napa Valley combines 65% Petit Verdot with 33% Petite Sirah and 2% Zinfandel into a deeply concentrated and lavish, yet balanced red blend that’s remarkably pleasing.  Kept for 30 months in French oak barrels, the 2016 is deep and powerful with a focused intensity that gives way to a rush of irresistible fruit, displayed with terrific clarity and showy, rich layers… stemming from the Caymus Family Wines, now here’s a 2016 Napa Red for Caymus Fans! (see Caymus Family Connection below…)

Winery Notes: “Opaque purplish-black color. Fragrant nose of black fruits, very floral. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, with soft tannins. Flavors of plums, blackberries, dark cherries and espresso.“

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Out of all of the New World style red blends that I’ve introduced over the years, one of greatest successes in my career was the first vintage of Carne Humana that we discovered back in 2012. The popularity of the brand skyrocketed and it was solely due to the wines unabashedly Californian style that brimmed with hedonism, as well as the cool label, fun name and transparent value.  The same winemaker that founded Carne Humana just released his 2016 Cerro Proprietary Red which immediately reminded me of those first vintages of Carne Humana that were so popular.  This brand was created by Derek Beitler, nephew of Caymus Founder, Chuck Wagner Derek founded Carne Humana in 2010 and later sold to his cousin Joe Wagner.  Since then he’s spearheaded popular brands like Bodega Rancho and Skyhook and with his track record of producing quality wines at realistic prices, we couldn’t wait to try his new blend.

Tasting Notes from Edward, “This tasty Cerro Napa Valley Red Wine goes down smooth, and cases go fast… this would be a perfect wine to share with your Family and Friends this Holiday Season. Beautiful Bottle for Wine Gifts, and skewing towards the Caymus Family Connection of La Dolce Vita – with rich sweet undertones, lavish fruit and plush finish. Sipping on this California Styled Blend reminds me of when Napa Valley was covered in Plum Orchards, before the top Vineyards in Napa were planted, because it’s all about Plums Here… I also love this chilled in the fridge for about 20-minutes before serving, and pair with Ribs or BBQ… or simply enjoy while binge watching YOUR favorite show.

Extended Notes: this is a Wine I would send a case to my Mom to share with Neighbors, and just tell her – Mom, just mention CAYMUS when you pour this or give it out as Gifts, OK. And my mother would probably say something like, Who’s Caymus Edward, Why Would I say that? All of the Vineyards in Napa look the same to me… 🙂 Oy Vey! Cheers to you and yours, and let’s keep those glasses full!” CALIHIWINES Best 2016 Napa Red Under $30.