TAPLIN 2016 “Terra 9” Napa Valley CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Seeking new opportunities, John Orange Taplin came west to San Francisco during the Gold Rush, where he did what he knew best: raising cows. By 1871, San Francisco became too crowded for him, and he moved to St. Helena. The logo is based on his handwriting, taken from the logbook of his deliveries around town. Their family moved across the valley from Taplin Road to Lewelling Lane when their grandfather, Albert Taplin, married their grandmother, Ethel Lewelling.

Stephen and Bill Taplin, the fifth generation of Taplins in the Napa Valley, are now in charge of Taplin Cellars.

Taplin’s winemaker Julien Fayard gained his knowledge and defined his core winemaking style from working at grand Chateaux in France such as Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Laffite. In Napa Valley, he’s worked alongside renowned winemaker Philippe Melka. He has come to be a Napa Valley veteran after more than a decade of working with some of the most highly acclaimed and sought-after wines from the Napa Valley.  With many of Julien’s wines going to $250+ a bottle, this is a great wine for an exceptional price!

The 2016 vintage was another drought year for Napa Valley, producing small yields of exceptionally rich, structured fruit. This lithe, dynamic wine opens with a wild bouquet of brambly berries, freshly turned earth and licorice root. Sweet red fruits explode on the palate, with juicy pomegranate and Bing cherry soaring into ripe plum, allspice, mocha and milk chocolate notes. Fine, well-integrated tannins give wonderful grace and texture to the sleek fruit core, which arcs into lingering, mouthwatering finish of bright berry, black tea, and sweet oak spice.  Special price of $64.95