23 Months in French (96%) and American (4%) oak barrels 80% new oak
The 2016 Oyster Ridge offers a sumptuous bouquet of black berry and black currant with notes of crème de cassis, violets, vanilla bean, cedar and graphite. On the palate, the wine is exquisitely dense and integrated, showing chewy layers of black fruits interwoven with accents of caramel, mint, cinnamon spice and new oak. Fine-grained tannins and sleek acidity bring a resounding conclusion to what is nothing less than a blockbuster vintage for Oyster Ridge. This is a wine that will generously evolve in the bottle for years to come.
In 2016, steady weather and small yields produced fruit with extraordinary evenness and concentration, resulting in perhaps the finest vintage in our winery’s history. Fermentation of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec took place in 10-ton fermenters to generate added thermal energy for enhanced extraction. After fermentation, each varietal lot was aged separately for 23 months in premium French oak barrels. Two barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon were aged in French-American hybrid oak barrels for added dimension and notes of spice. The final blend was assembled from only those barrels that exhibited exemplary complexity, structure and aging potential. The Cabernet Sauvignon sets the tone with broad, polished layers and classic varietal expression. The Merlot establishes a core of dark, velvety fruit, and the Petit Verdot contributes color, structure and aromatic nuances of cedar and pencil shavings. Malbec adds undertones of juicy red fruit, while the Cabernet Franc enlivens the aromatic profile with suggestions of violets and savory spice.