Starting with the thee blends (The Tempest, Falstaff, and The Bard), the 2016 The Tempest is always a Merlot-dominated release and is 66% Merlot and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon in 2016. It comes from multiple sites in the valley and sports a deep purple color as well as a rocking bouquet of plums, chocolate, scorched earth, and spice box, with an alluring mole-like character developing in the glass. It’s deep, rich, and powerful on the palate, yet has a forward, layered style as well as rocking purity, no hard edges, sweet tannins, and a great finish. My money is on it being one of the finest Merlot-dominated blends in the vintage.
Gorgeous blackberries, dark chocolate and hazelnuts. Rich, yet there’s underlying subtlety. Full-bodied, tight and tannic with focus and intensity. This is very firm and framed. Wonderful finish.
This is the producer's Merlot-based blend, sourced from Calistoga, Oak Knoll and Stags Leap District. The minority is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon from a stellar source in Oakville. It buzzes in soft layers of creamy texture and beautiful red fruit—a mix of plum, apple skin, maple and exotic Asian spice. The tannins are expansive yet tamed, easily enjoyed in the moment or over time. (VB)
Composed of 66% Merlot and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon mostly from Calistoga, with some Oakville, Estate (Stags Leap) and Oak Knoll fruit, the 2016 The Tempest is very deep garnet-purple in color and bursts forth with exuberant notes of preserved plums, blueberry pie, mincemeat, charcuterie and sautéed herbs with touches of wild sage, licorice and baking spices. The palate is full-bodied, rich and totally seductive with wonderfully plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and spicy. (LPB) 95+
The 2016 The Tempest shows all of the forward fruit that is typical of this wine, but with more nuance and vertical energy that lend complexity as well as character. Grilled herb, lavender, spice and menthol are some of the many aromas and flavors that give the 2016 its layered, alluring personality. (AG)
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