Sloan 'Asterisk' Proprietary Red reveals another side of the vineyard’s character. It's vibrant, bright and a youthful, rich expression in its freshness and fruit. With the ability to age for years to come, it can be enjoyed from its early stage as an introduction to the estate and as a familiar reminder of the traits of the vineyard and what is to come as we await the perfect cellaring of Sloan Estate Red. This 2016 Red offers aromas of blackberry pie and baked blackcurrants that lead the wine onto the palate with signature Sloan notes of spicebox and graphite. This 2016 can be enjoyed with a full decant. 500 cases were produced.
I've been fortunate to taste the last five vintages of Sloan Estate in line-ups with other Cult Cabernets of similar caliber and Sloan is always ranked as one of the best and often times, the best in their class. Sloan’s ability to age gracefully is one of its best characteristics. This 13-acre estate vineyard in Rutherford's eastern hillside above Auberge du Soleil was planted in 1997 by David Abreu and their inaugural vintage was 2001. The elevation there ranges from 875 to 995 feet and the vineyard is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and approximately 2% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc. It is a spectacular property with a full range of exposures for the fruit to thrive. Since their first vintage, Sloan continues to be made by Martha McClellan, consulting winemaker Michel Rolland and David Abreu's vineyard team. These newly released 2016 Reds are even more stunning than the 2015's as they offer more fruit and textural generosity after decanting or letting sit for a few hours. These are cellar-worthy Reds and will only benefit with a few more years of cellaring.