2016 Big Dam Cab

  • Tasting Notes

    Magenta core, brick rim.

    Herbaceous forest floor, grilled sage, French lavender, rosemary. Time in the glass reveals jammy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, winter spice, morning bakery, sweet chantilly, and a hint of broken-in leather.

    Full-bodied with fine, delicate tannins and lingering finish.

    Cellar life 
    Drink now through 2035+.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Vineyard Source
      Brown Estate – Big Dam Block
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel Aging
      16 months in 40% new French oak, 60% neutral French oak
    • Alcohol by vol.
    • Production
      150 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    Our Big Dam Cab represents our only single vineyard bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Brown Estate property. It is named for its site on the face of our Big Dam reservoir, a 35-acre-foot lake fed by several perennial springs at the mouth of a steep ravine flanked by granite cliffs. At 1200 feet above sea level the Big Dam site commands spectacular sweeping northward views through the Chiles Valley. Its namesake wine is equally stunning both visually and on nose and palate.

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