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2016 Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon




The Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted with grapes from unique benchland vineyards representing the major sub-appellations of Napa Valley. Sure to continue gaining complexity and revealing additional character with age, the wine is suitable for immediate enjoyment or cellaring for another two decades.

Awards & Accolades

  • 92+

    Jeb Dunnuck

    “The flagship 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a great vintage in Napa and reveals a deep purple hue as well as classic notes of blackcurrants, tobacco, cedarwood, and violets. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, with plenty of mid-palate depth and some chewy tannins, it's a beautiful, outstanding wine that needs 3-4 years of bottle age and will keep for 15-20." - Jeb Dunnuck, February 2020

  • 93

    Wine Advocate

    "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a blend of 98.6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.4% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with bombastic crème de cassis, black cherry compote and plum preserves scents plus hints of chocolate mint, cedar chest, lavender and rose hip tea with a waft of cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with vibrant, youthful black fruits, framed by firm, grainy tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and fruity. 846 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 13th, 2020

  • 94

    "Lots of blackberries, chocolate and hazelnuts on the nose and palate here. It’s full-bodied, yet tense and structured with lovely balance of fruit and tannins. Drinkable now, but better after 2022.” - James Suckling

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Notes

Exuberant and not at all shy in declaring its complexity, this is a plush, mouth-filling wine with aromas and flavors of dark fruits such as blueberries, black cherries and blackberries, overlaid with black currant and mocha chocolate. Hints of cedar and oak spice with velvety tannins, well balanced and well structured with deep concentration and the promise that given time, it will continue to surprise and delight. Best of all, for those with less patience, the wine is suitable for enjoyment and sharing with good friends right now.


The 2016 vintage was challenging, with the impact of our continuing drought requiring a deft touch in the vineyard, although there was some winter rain that helped recharge much needed groundwater. Bud break was early in February, and the march toward harvest continued through the season, with fruit arriving about two weeks earlier than normal. Shatter resulted in some blocks with lower yields, but the warm, mild growing days led to fruit with abundant flavor, good acidity and balance.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Napa Valley AVA

Napa Valley


The Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted with grapes from unique benchland vineyards representing the major sub-appellations of Napa Valley. The 2016 Cabernet was sourced with fruit from some of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley — Vine Hill Ranch in Oakville, Morisoli Vineyards in Rutherford and Meteor Vineyard in Coombsville. By deliberately sourcing fruit from this group of exemplary vineyards, this wine exhibits the full potential of Cabernet fruit flavors and textures with vitality and finesse.


Etude’s philosophy remains steadfast and this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention. The grapes cold soaked for 3-5 days and fermented on their skins in open top fermenters. An extended maceration period followed fermentation to help modify the depth and mouthfeel of the wine, and to fully extract color, flavor and aromatics. The young wine was then racked into small French oak barrels – using a selection of coopers and forests to accentuate the vineyard distinctions – where it aged 20 months in 100% French oak (75% new). In order to maintain the unique characteristics of each vineyard, each block and lot was kept separate until final blending.

Jon Priest - Winemaker

For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.

Winemaker Jon Priest

Alcohol % 14.8%
Enclosure Type Cork
pH 3.83
Pick Date 09/25/2015
Blend 98.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.4% Petit Verdot

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