2016 Gandona Encosta Cabernet SauvignonBlend from United States
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Winemaker is Philippe Melka. "Meaning “hillside” in Portuguese, Encosta is the beginning. This Cabernet was originally created to showcase the youthful vibrancy of the vines pl...
- 93 Wine Spectator
- 92 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 91 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
- 91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
93 Wine Spectator
"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. 895 cases made. — JM"
92 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"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."
91 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2016 Encosta is a gorgeous entry-level wine. Fragrant and lifted, with a good bit of Cabernet Franc character, the 2016 Encosta is one of the more refined wines I have tasted from Gandona. The Franc really comes through nicely in this delicate and nuanced wine. Best of all, the 2016 is already drinking beautifully."
91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
"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. 895 cases produced."
Winemaker is Philippe Melka. "Meaning “hillside” in Portuguese, Encosta is the beginning. This Cabernet was originally created to showcase the youthful vibrancy of the vines planted by our team when the property was first acquired. With time, however, Encosta has become less about younger vines and more about showcasing the various expressions of our highly dynamic vineyard characteristics." -- Winery
93 - Wine Spectator
92 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
91 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
91 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, mocha, leather and vanilla|