2016 was a near-perfect growing season for Taplin Cellars as harvest was complete before the first significant fall rains began. July and August were steady and mild with the end of the growing season getting warm days, vineyards progressed to perfect ripeness. Comprised of 100% estate Cabernet Sauvignon from their vineyard on the western side of St. Helena, the 2016 vintage produced small yields of exceptionally rich, structured fruit. This dynamic 2016 Cabernet opens with a wild bouquet of brambly berries that lead onto the palate with dark red fruit, mocha and chocolate notes. Fine, well-integrated tannins give grace and structure to the sleek fruit core, which arcs into a lingering, mouthwatering finish of bright berry and sweet oak spice. This 6-Pack comes with special pricing.
Taplin Cellars is contiguous with the legendary Lewelling Vineyard in St Helena’s west bench and proprietor Stephen Taplin’s family has been a part of the Napa Valley landscape since 1871. When you’re driving north on Highway 29, if you make a left at the Ford car dealership before getting into St. Helena and follow the road all the way west, you will run into their vineyard. The Lewellings, the Wights and the Taplins are all relatives and while many know of the famed Lewelling Vineyard and Wight Vineyard, few know of Taplin Vineyard. With its first vintage release in 2011, Taplin Cellars has been quietly producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate property led by winemaker Julian Fayard. After working in Bordeaux at Ch. Lafite-Rothschild and Ch. Smith Haut-Laffite, Julien moved to Napa Valley and received his MBA at UC-Davis. From there, he got connected with winemaker Philippe Melka and ultimately became the director of winemaking for Atelier Melka, working for clients including Dalla Valle, Lail Vineyards and Gemstone for several years before taking on his own clients, including Taplin Cellars. Today we are highlighting their delicious, estate Cabernet Sauvignon that is modest in price compared to its quality and pedigree.