Oestermann G3 Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Included in: Reserve Club – October 2020
Regularly $110. Club member re-order: $95

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The team behind Oestermann Family Wines is a Napa Valley/San Francisco based father daughter duo, who developed a passion for wine making after moving to California from Denmark. Klaus Oestermann has been part of the high tech industry for the past three decades and decided in 2009 to finally pursue his passion for wine making once his daughter Victoria began to develop the same interest. Oestermann Family Wines is a small, limited availability producer of high quality, opulent, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc from some of the top vineyards in Napa Valley. The family also produces a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Rose and rich single vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, which we would be more than happy to order for you! 

This “G3 Vineyard” Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an incredible value. It comes to us from one of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley. Owned by the Beckstoffer family and formally named “Georges III Vineyard”, wines coming from this plot typically cost $150-$450. It was originally planted by Thomas Rutherford in 1895 before Georges de Latour, founder of Beaulieu, purchased the site in 1928 and it became the home to BV in the ’60s and ’70s. 

The “G3 Vineyard” Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 was harvested on October 6, 2016 so we get to enjoy it almost exactly 4 years after harvesting the fruit. It is composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.75% Cabernet Franc, 1.75% Petit Verdot, 1.25% Malbec, and .25% Merlot. In 2016, the warm days and cool nights yielded near perfect growing conditions while a warm spring resulted in an early harvest. 

This wine is built around rich flavors of black cherries, caramel, and dark plums. The 2016 vintage also reveals complex aromas of wild berries, red currants, and spice. The wine is medium-plus bodied with a beautiful texture, polished tannins, and balanced acidity. The palate begins rich and round, gradually giving way to weight bearing, mouth-filling tannins and a nice smooth silky finish. 

Chocolate plus peanut butter is already a perfect pairing but a glass of Cabernet will sweeten the snack even further. This dark red offers profiles of jammy fruit with black cherry which will complement the chocolatey peanut butter combo well. It is just us or do peanut butter cups taste better when they’re pumpkin-shaped? 

Jennie Kaplan Woodson – October 2020

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