Grand Napa Wine

2016 "Heir Apparent" Spring Mountain District Cellar Selection Red Wine

Red Blend

California: Napa Valley: Spring Mountain District

Offer Expired:Apr 09, 2019 at 11:59 pm
$110.00
Avg. Price

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Grand Napa dazzles us again and again, with their brilliant wine. It is their Heir Apparent wines that our Agents seem to love the most, and our special relationship with the winery guarantees that we’ll always have the best pricing on their wines. We highly recommend today’s 2016 “Heir Apparent” Cellar Selection Red Wine.

The meniscus (the surface tension of the wine at the edge of the glass) is tinged purple, while the rest of the wine is a nice crisp red. The nose is bright and aromatic with ripe red fruit leaping out of the glass, with notes of plum, blackberry, and raspberry leading the charge. Breathe deeply: There’s a gorgeous floral note of violets as well. On the palate, there are all the hallmarks of a great Napa blend such as cherry compote, fig, leather, and tobacco. But there’s a charcoal/graphite-like note that adds a lot of depth. This wine is deeply engaging with tannin that grips the center of the tongue and the roof of the mouth, while the acidity is most pronounced along the side, accumulating in a long finish. For the pairing, treat yourself to a gourmet hamburger with premium beef and farmer’s market fixings. Thank us later.

The Spring Mountain AVA is smaller than Atlas Peak, with about 8600 total acres, and under 1000 acres planted to vineyards. Elevations range from 400 feet to just over 2600 feet. The area has a primarily eastern exposure. Local topography and regional weather patterns make the Spring Mountain District the coolest and wettest appellation within the Napa Valley.

Spring Mountain’s predominant grape variety is Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot being a distant second. In addition, Spring Mountain is home to smaller plantings of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, with a few minor sites that favor and support small plantings of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. On the coolest Spring Mountain sites, a tiny amount of Pinot Noir also grows.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Tinged purple at the edge, while the rest of the wine is a nice crisp red.

Smell:

Bright and aromatic. Ripe red fruit, plum, blackberry, raspberry, and violets.

Taste:

Cherry compote, fig, leather, tobacco, and charcoal/graphite.

Finish:

Deeply engaging with grippy tannin, and soft acidity, accumulating in a long finish.

Pairing:

Gourmet hamburger with premium beef and farmer’s market fixings. Thank us later.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Dwight Bonewell
Varietal
85% Merlot
10% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2016
Appellation
Spring Mtn District, Napa Valley
Abv
14.5%

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Apr 09, 2019 at 11:59 pm
$110.00
Avg. Price
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