Lamb Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon
Nestled at the foot of the Palisades in Northern Napa Valley, the Lamb Vineyard has been a source of great pride for our family over the past quarter of a century. Named for Juelle's family, the vineyard was planted to Cabernet in 1982 and consistently yields small quantities of fruit that produce wine with a rare combination of rich concentrated flavors, velvet texture and elegance (read more about the vineyard).
Fisher's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard is distinguished by its savory profile and slightly rougher tannins next to the other wines in the range. Iron, sweet red cherry, white pepper and licorice add striking layers of complexity. There is plenty of depth and richness to the fruit, but the Lamb remains a touch angular in feel. Even so, there is enough brightness and freshness to make me think the 2016 will reward readers with a good two decade of fine drinking.
- 94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard is a tiny production cuvée that includes 4% Petit Verdot and was brought up all in new French oak. It has incredible crème de cassis, crushed violets, lead pencil, and graphite aromatics, full body, a beautiful sense of elegance and purity, and ultra-fine tannins. This is a thrilling Cabernet, from a great vintage, that readers should snatch up. It will benefit from short term cellaring, and deep for two decades or more.
- 98 points Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
- 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
- Harvested September 30
- De-stemmed and double sorted
- Whole-berry fermented in small open-top oak and stainless fermenters
- Native malolactic fermentation completed in barrel
- Racked once during aging
- Aged 21 months in French oak barrels (95% new)
Alcohol by volume is 14.9%
Bottle date July 2018
262 cases produced