Vinous Media December 2018

2016 Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Merlot | 92 points

A wine of real distinction, the 2016 Merlot is perfumed, savory and super-expressive. Mint, lavender, blueberry fruit, licorice and floral notes are all nicely woven together in this very pretty, gracious Merlot. Medium in body, fragrant and light on its feet, the 2016 has so much to offer. All the elements simply fall into place in a wine that conveys plenty of mountain character.

 

2016 Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon | 92 points

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain District) packs quite a bit of punch, yet is also incredibly polished and sophisticated. Soft curves and silky tannins push forward a gorgeous core of dark red and purplish berry fruit, with pretty floral and spice overtones that develop over time. Open-knit and racy in the glass, the 2016 will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is an especially accessible young Spring Mountain Cabernet.

 

2016 Barnett Vineyards MMV Cabernet Sauvignon | 94+ points

A new wine in this range, 2016 MMV - Mountain Meets Valley is powerful, vibrant and explosive, with beams of tannin that give the wine its energy and overall sense of direction. An infusion of crushed rocks, graphite, smoke, lavender, menthol and crème de cassis runs through this beautifully delineated, vivid Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit sources are 59% York Creek Vineyard (Spring Mountain District) and 41% Cyrus Ryan Vineyard (Calistoga).

 

 

 

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