2016 WITCHERY RESERVE HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON
I love it when a great producer has a break-out vintage that not only shows off their unique winemaking style and killer fruit sources, but the wine itself is so stratospherically high in quality that it can propel their popularity to an even loftier level. When this happens, you’ll want to get in early and lock up your case, because it’s going to fly once people start tasting it… Witchery’s two barrel production of their Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet is their best ever, and the wine shows off all of the hallmarks that make the area so desired with authoritative power, towering structure remarkable detail. With the micro-production and macro quality, there will be a lot of people on the hunt for this limited Howell Mountain Cab.
Wine Spectator scored the 2016 vintage from Napa Valley as their top rated vintage since 1997 for Napa Cabs, and rated it 98 points, noting “The final drought-influenced vintage of the run since 2012.” The 2016 was held captive for nearly two years in new French oak barrels and now with more than a year inside the bottle, this towering and prodigious effort oozes inky dark berries, dark chocolates, roasted coffee beans, pipe tobacco and hints of granite. Those of you who’ve tasted any of Witchery’s wines over the years… no other information is needed other than here’s the best wine yet from a producer that we adore.