Our winemaker, Thomas Brown, says of our 2016 vintage "Year after year, the Travail wines are an example of a little going a long way. The vineyard is at once small, relative to most of what you see in Napa Valley and simultaneously possesses dramatic, precipitous topography and sweeping views of the valley floor below. With what little soil there is for the vines to cling to, the soil itself is rich with hillside volcanic influence, which lends itself to big structured wines as we find here with the 2016 Travail Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine displays a nearly opaque deep purple hue. Aromatic notes of cinnamon, clove, lavender oil and cassis come together and emanate from the glass in concert. The palate expresses layered notes of spice-dusted black fruit, distressed leather, flint, violet and star anise. The finely integrated tannin structure keeps the decadence in order and provides a lasting framework through the lengthy finish that goes on for close to a minute. This wine shows the tender giving quality that defines the 2016 vintage. Coupled with the abundance of structure present, it should age well in the cellar for a decade or more."
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