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Michel Rolland Cabernet Sauvignon MR Napa Valley 2016  - First Bottle

Reviews

97 James Suckling -
Blackberries and blueberries with hints of fresh herbs. Some black olives. Medium to full body, integrated and polished tannins and a beautiful, fruity and polished finish. Best wine ever from here. A blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon with tinges of cabernet franc and malbec.
96+ Jeb Dunnuck -
From a myriad of top sites around the valley and a collaboration between Jean Hoefliger and Michel Rolland, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, powerful, full-bodied beauty that has lots of ripe black fruits, licorice, scorched earth, and tobacco aromas and flavors. It's thrillingly textured, opulent and hedonistic, with sweet tannins and a great finish. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc and Malbec brought up in 80% new French oak, give it 2-4 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following two decades. 580 cases.
95+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with dollops of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon MR is very deep purple-black in color and gives up bold scents of baked blueberries, plum preserves, spice cake and mocha with hints of chargrilled meats, sandalwood and dusty soil plus a waft of garrigue. Full, concentrated and packed with black fruit preserves and savory layers, it has a solid yet plush frame and very long, spicy finish. 580 cases produced.

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon
  • WinemakerMichel Rolland and Jean Hoefliger
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • VineyardTo Kalon, Missouri Hopper, Dr. Crane and Stagecoach

Michel Rolland Cabernet Sauvignon MR Napa Valley 2016

Cabernet Blends  |  US
JS97, JD96+, WA95+

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“Best wine ever from here.” - JS. “There is an effortless grace to the 2016.” - Vinous. “...thrillingly textured, opulent and hedonistic…” - JD

No small praise. Our price today will have you cheering, too! Huge scores, rockstar winemaker, world-class Napa Valley vintage, and for certain the finest yet from the legendary man himself! Vineyard sources, you ask? BECKSTOFFER TO KALON, BECKSTOFFER MISSOURI HOPPER, BECKSTOFFER DR. CRANE, AND STAGECOACH. Arguably the top vineyard sites in all of Napa make up this rockstar Napa Cab.

Made by the legendary Michel Rolland, the master winemaker, blender extraordinaire and enologist from Bordeaux. Michel, of course, is a "super-consultant" who has contributed to so many legendary wines -- Screaming Eagle, Harlan Estate, Sloan, Pavie, Smith Haut Lafitte, Ausone, Angelus, Pontet-Canet and dozens more major collectibles. Talk about pedigree!! Also worth mentioning, these wines are made at Alpha Omega and production is overseen by one of the most talented vintners we know, Jean Hoefliger, one of Michel's protégés.

A true blockbuster for the cellar and a terrific buy anyway you slice it. First come, first served!

PAIRING IDEAS: This is so lush and complex -- we’ll have to go with an old favorite from our local “snazzy” place, Press in St. Helena. They used to do (for $29) a “steakburger” – a large, rich hamburger smothered with mushrooms and onions in a wonderful light, but savory sauce. It’s fantastic. Here’s a recipe, as close as we could get to how they did it, but use fresh herbs and put some thyme in there. A little wine, too!

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: This puts us in the mood for some old school RUN DMC. “It’s Tricky”, “King of Rock”, go for it. Some LL Cool J might not hurt either!

About the Producer

Michel Rolland is a wine world superstar who has been working with winemaker Jean Hoefliger since the 2006 vintage to create world class wines. With one of the world's most famous palates, Rolland brings his extraordinary expertise to both the vineyard and the cellar. Besides consulting for highly regarded wineries around the world, Rolland continues to produce his own wines at his estates in Bordeaux where he also directs one of the wine industry's most respected laboratories. A tour de force in the wine world, Rolland knows how to get it done, whether it is for one of his own projects, or one of his hundreds of clients around the world, Rolland is a taste-maker!