Ripe, rich black plum, blackberry, and chocolate aromas mingle with sweet clove and cinnamon. The wine is bright and vibrant, with concentrated Morello cherry, graham cracker, vanilla, and a touch of cedar. The finish is lingering and velvety.
58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc
The fruit for this wine comes from the Stag’s Leap and Oak Knoll Districts, as well as from our To Kalon Vineyard. Our Wappo Vineyard in Stag’s Leap contributes robustness and elegance. The Stag’s Leap District fruit offers silky softness and firm backbone. And as ever, the fruit from our To Kalon Vineyard offers beautifully matured fruit that lends the blend classic complexity and structure.
Generous winter rains helped alleviate the drought of the past four years. Throughout summer, we enjoyed cooler than-average temperatures, providing balancing acidity. The near-perfect season continued through harvest, September 8 through 28, and our grapes were safely in the cellar before the valley’s first significant rainstorm.
The grapes were hand-harvested in the cool of the morning, then gently destemmed and crushed. The fruit for this wine was fermented in a combination of French oak tanks, for soft, supple tannins and textural interest, and stainless steel tanks, for purity of fruit expression. Thirty days of maceration maximized color and flavor extraction and polished the wine’s tannins for a lush, round mouthfeel. The new wine was transferred to new (47%) and second- and third-use (57%) French oak barrels. The wine then aged in barrel for 26 months to develop greater roundness, depth, and integration. Our 2016 Maestro was bottled in March 2019.
93 Points & Cellar Selection
Spicy, herbal and peppery, this wine is blended with 16% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. Iron, dust and black currant highlight the hearty palate that shows a real sense of density and power. This will do well over time; enjoy 2026–2031.
Virginie Boone – Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2020