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Gandona 2016 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Gandona 2016 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Gandona 2016 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

The 2016 Encosta launches with an intense nose of black cherries, Framboise liqueur, and cherry blossoms. The aromatics continue to elevate with fragrant notes of strawberry preserves, violet crumble, orange zest and forest floor. Persistent and exuberant, the silky texture glides across the palate while the mouth-watering acidity builds and carries the brightness and elegance through the lengthy, flourishing finish. Remarkably integrated, the tannins are in attendance without being assertive. Reflective of the vineyard and resplendent growing season, this is a highly finessed wine that will continue to reveal itself with age. Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot.

Wine Spectator - 93 Points
"There's lots to like here, from the steeped black currant and blackberry fruit flavors to the notes of licorice snap and bramble, all framed by singed alder accents. Displays ample juicy energy through the finish. Best from 2020 through 2030."

Jeb Dunnuck - 93 Points
"The 2016 Encosta is the entry-level release from the estate and itís a year in, year out outstanding wine thatís loaded with character. Notes of cassis, toasted spices, spring flowers, and lead pencil shavings all flow to a medium to full-bodied, deep, layered, opulent 2016 thatís ideal for drinking over the coming 10-15 years. The blend of the 2016 is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, all aged 20 months in 66% new French oak."

James Suckling - 92 Points
"Aromas of blueberries and blackberries with some lavender follow through to a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of 76 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 20 per cent cabernet franc and four per cent petit verdot. Drink in 2020."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 91 Points
"Composed of 76.08% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20.1% Cabernet Franc and 3.82% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 66% new oak, the 2016 Gandona Vineyards Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon is very deep garnet-black in color and scented of warm plums, crushed black cherries and black berries with touches of pencil lead, cedar chest, menthol and fragrant earth. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with wonderful freshness and great intensity of red and black fruits in the mouth, with a grainy frame and minty lift to finish."




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Napa Valley - Pritchard Hill

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James Suckling


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The Story

Napa Valley vintner Bob Long established an impressive array of vineyard sites high atop Pritchard Hill in 1966 when his family put down roots and started Long Vineyards. Those roots were strong, and when Bob Long and Zelma Long handed the keys over to Gandonaís own Manuel and Cristina Pires, the new owners committed to shepherd this special property into a new era with humility and respect. This is just the fifth vintage for the Gandona 'Encosta', and already it is evident that they are succeeding in this mission.
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