2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Pair

Our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Pairs were offered to
Mailing List members for advance purchase on November 14, 2018 at 9 a.m. PST and are now sold out. Our next offering will be for our 2017 Cabernets in November, 2019.

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2015 REVIEWS

“The base 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is no entry level wine and offers incredible purity and elegance in its blue fruits, cassis, graphite, and violet-tinged aromas and flavors. This beauty has classic, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon richness, polished tannin, no hard edges, and a great finish. Tasting just like a slightly toned-down version of the Wight Vineyard (Bordeaux lovers will probably prefer this cuvee as it’s slightly more classic in style) it’s a beautiful, layered, multi-dimensional Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the coming 15+ years.”

Jeb Dunnuck | December 2017 | 95 pts

“The flagship cuvee from this estate is the 2015 Wight Vineyard and it’s always a cellar selection of top lots from the estate vintage. I was able to taste this cuvee from two bottles and this an undeniably majestic, ethereal effort from the Wight Family. Huge amounts of blue fruits, spring flowers, sandalwood, lavender, and potpourri notes all literally soar from the glass and this beauty has just about everything you could want in a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. With a full-bodied, deep, concentrated style, incredible complexity, hints of background oak, and layers of sweet tannin, give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink over the following 2-3 decades. Bravo!”

Jeb Dunnuck | December 2017 | 98 pts

Lewelling 2016 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley

  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills

  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam

  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock

  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned

  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Case Production: 461 Cases

  • pH: 3.95

  • TA (g/100ml): 0.59

  • Harvest Date: October 3, 2016

  • Brix at Harvest: 27.0

  • Aging: 20 months in 90% new French oak barrels

  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on May 2018

  • Release Date: September 15, 2019

Tasting Notes

Our bolder cabernet of a precocious vintage, this wine has an amplitude of black fruits together with dark chocolate, road tar, violets, and a great depth of plush tannin. 

Lewelling Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley

  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills

  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam

  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock

  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5’ x 9’ vine spacing; cane pruned

  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Case Production: 708 Cases

  • pH: 3.90

  • TA (g/100ml): 0.57

  • Harvest Date: October 3, 2016

  • Brix at Harvest: 27.0

  • Aging: 20 months in 70% new French oak barrels

  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on May 2018

  • Release Date: September 15, 2019

Tasting Notes

This precocious vintage leaps from the glass with a flourish of dark berry, plus cocoa, vanilla, pencil shaving, and tarragon, then finishes with a gripping spice. 

Lewelling Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley

  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills

  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam

  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock

  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5’ x 9’ vine spacing; cane pruned

  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Case Production: 709 Cases

  • pH: 3.90

  • TA (g/100ml): 0.60

  • Harvest Date: September 15, 2015

  • Brix at Harvest: 27.4

  • Aging: 18 months in 70% new French oak barrels

  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on May 30,2017

  • Release Date: September 15, 2018

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Aromas of cocoa, vanilla and leather, together with dark brambleberry. 

Flavor: Black currant and bright berry balanced with cedar and dusty earth, luscious texture, gripping spice and a lingering finish. 

review

“The base 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is no entry level wine and offers incredible purity and elegance in its blue fruits, cassis, graphite, and violet-tinged aromas and flavors. This beauty has classic, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon richness, polished tannin, no hard edges, and a great finish. Tasting just like a slightly toned-down version of the Wight Vineyard (Bordeaux lovers will probably prefer this cuvee as it’s slightly more classic in style) it’s a beautiful, layered, multi-dimensional Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the coming 15+ years.”

Jeb Dunnuck | December 2017 | 95 pts

Lewelling 2015 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley

  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills

  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam

  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock

  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned

  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Case Production: 389 Cases

  • pH: 3.95

  • TA (g/100ml): 0.61

  • Harvest Date: September 15, 2015

  • Brix at Harvest: 27.4

  • Aging: 18 months in 80% new French oak barrels

  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on May 30,2017

  • Release Date: September 15, 2018

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Aromas of ruby fruit, flowers, anise and sweet oak. 

Flavor: Bold cherry and lush violets, clove and stone, layered tannin and spice, mouth filling richness and a tremendous finish. 

review

“The flagship cuvee from this estate is the 2015 Wight Vineyard and it’s always a cellar selection of top lots from the estate vintage. I was able to taste this cuvee from two bottles and this an undeniably majestic, ethereal effort from the Wight Family. Huge amounts of blue fruits, spring flowers, sandalwood, lavender, and potpourri notes all literally soar from the glass and this beauty has just about everything you could want in a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. With a full-bodied, deep, concentrated style, incredible complexity, hints of background oak, and layers of sweet tannin, give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink over the following 2-3 decades. Bravo!”

Jeb Dunnuck | December 2017 | 98 pts

Lewelling Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley

  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills

  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam

  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock

  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5’ x 9’ vine spacing; cane pruned

  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Case Production: 635 Cases

  • pH: 3.90

  • TA (g/100ml): 0.58

  • Harvest Date: September 23, 2014

  • Brix: 27.4

  • Aging: 18 months in 70% new French oak barrels

  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 25, 2016

  • Release Date: September 15, 2017

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: An enticing mix of sweet red cherry, currant, and espresso aromas.

Flavor: Bright ruby fruit with cassis, spice, and mineral flavors; chewy mid-palate tannins, marvellous texture and a lengthy finish.

Lewelling 2014 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 429 Cases
  • pH: 3.94
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.57
  • Harvest Date: September 23, 2014
  • Brix: 27.4
  • Aging: 18 months in 80% new French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 25, 2016
  • Release Date: September 15, 2017

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Sumptuous aromas of rich berry fruit, coffee, and vanilla.

Flavor: Dark berries mingled with espresso, chocolate, sweet oak and vanilla; mouthfilling richness, layered complexity, and a lingering finish.

Lewelling Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 786 Cases
  • pH: 3.82
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.60
  • Harvest Date: September 25, 2013
  • Brix: 27.4
  • Aging: 18 months in 70% new French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 6, 2015
  • Release Date: September 15, 2016

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: A blend of black cherry, blackberry, vanilla and sweet smoke aromas.

Flavor: Enticing blackberry, cherry and cassis fruit mixed with spice and licorice; substantial, velvety tannins, marvellous texture and a lengthy finish.

Lewelling 2013 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 446 Cases
  • pH: 3.80
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.58
  • Harvest Date: September 25, 2013
  • Brix: 27.4
  • Aging: 18 months in 80% new French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 6, 2015
  • Release Date: September 15, 2016

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Sumptuous aromas of dark berries, spice, toasty oak and espresso.

Flavor: Sweet blackberry and cassis flavors mingled with tobacco, mineral and charcoal; full-bodied with bold, ageworthy tannins, mouth-filling richness, layered complexity, and a lingering finish.

Lewelling Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 715 Cases
  • pH: 3.73
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.61
  • Harvest Date: October 21, 2012
  • Brix: 27.4
  • Aging: 17 months in 100% French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 6, 2014
  • Release Date: September 15, 2015

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Aromas of Bing cherry, currant and blackberry fruit; cocoa, vanilla, and baking spices.

Flavor: Intense blackberry, cassis, plum, and cherry; coffee, anise and mineral; full-bodied, with fresh acidity, sweet, silky tannins and a rich mouth-feel.

Lewelling 2012 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 416 Cases
  • pH: 3.78
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.59
  • Harvest Date: October 21, 2012
  • Brix: 27.4
  • Aging: 17 months in 80% new French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 6, 2014
  • Release Date: September 15, 2015

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Enticing aromas of blackberry, black currant, expresso, and exotic spice.

Flavor: Concentrated black cherry, plum, licorice, mineral and coffee flavors; full-bodied, with balanced ripeness, dense, polished tannins, layered richness and a long finish.

Lewelling Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 507 Cases
  • pH: 3.81
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.59
  • Harvest Date: October 22, 2011
  • Brix: 24.8
  • Aging: 17 months in 80% new French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 21, 2013
  • Release Date: September 15, 2014

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Aromas of cassis, raspberry and blueberry with hints of espresso coffee, mint, fresh herbs and spice.

Flavor: Black cherry, blackcurrant and brambleberry flavors mingled with mineral, spice and dark cocoa, finishing with silky tannins.

Lewelling Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 663 Cases
  • pH: 3.79
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.61
  • Harvest Date: October 21, 2010
  • Brix: 27.5
  • Aging: 18 months in 100% French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 22, 2012
  • Release Date: September 15, 2013

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: An enticing mix of sweet black cherry, currant, dark cocoa, and toasty oak aromas.

Flavor: A blend of blackberry and black cherry fruit mixed with cassis, mineral, espresso and tobacco flavors; round, chewy tannins, marvellous texture and a lengthy finish.

Lewelling 2010 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 374 Cases
  • pH: 3.81
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.59
  • Harvest Date: October 21, 2010
  • Brix: 27.5
  • Aging: 18 months in 80% new French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 22, 2012
  • Release Date: September 15, 2013

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Sumptuous aromas of rich dark berries, cassis, vanilla, and sweet smoke.

Flavor: Bing cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry flavors mingled with spice box, mineral and dark cocoa; velvety tannins, mouthfilling richness, layered complexity, and a lingering finish.

Lewelling Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 664 Cases
  • pH: 3.78
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.61
  • Harvest Date: October 6, 2009
  • Brix: 27.6
  • Aging: 16 months in 100% new French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 17, 2011
  • Release Date: September 15, 2012

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Red cherry, plum and bramble berry aromas with hints of cedar and chocolate.

Flavor: Vibrant blackberry, plum and tart cherry fruit intermingled with allspice, white pepper and vanilla; polished tannins and a long finish.

Lewelling 2009 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 380 Cases
  • pH: 3.80
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.59
  • Harvest Date: October 6, 2009
  • Brix: 27.6
  • Aging: 17 months in 80% new French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 17, 2011
  • Release Date: September 15, 2012

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Enticing raspberry, cassis, and red plum aromas mixed with notes of chocolate and toasty oak.

Flavor: Rich blueberry, Bing cherry and red raspberry flavors mingled with woodsmoke, earth, and spice; mouth-filling, velvety tannins and a complex, lingering finish.

Lewelling Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 766 Cases
  • pH: 3.86
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.59
  • Harvest Date: October 1, 2008
  • Brix: 27.6
  • Aging: 18 months in 100% French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 11, 2010
  • Release Date: September 15, 2011

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Evocative red plum, dark berry, and ruby red cherry aromas mingled with notes of anise, almond blossom, espresso, and charcoal.

Flavor: Blackberry, creme de cassis, and tart cherry flavors; baking spice, mineral, coffee, and cedar; full-bodied with sweet, round tannins, impeccable balance and lively acidity.

Lewelling 2008 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 432 Cases
  • pH: 3.84
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.57
  • Harvest Date: October 1, 2008
  • Brix: 27.6
  • Aging: 16 months in 100% new French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 11, 2010
  • Release Date: September 15, 2011

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Sumptuous aromas of blackberry, cassis, Bing cherry and spice mixed with highlights of tobacco, cedar, vanilla and anise.

Flavor: Concentrated black plum, black cherry, and cassis flavors; allspice, dark cocoa, juniper and sweet smoke; exceptional depth and complexity; multi-layered richness; mouthfilling, velvety tannins and a lingering finish.

Lewelling Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 726 Cases
  • pH: 3.80
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.55
  • Harvest Date: October 2, 2007
  • Brix: 27.4
  • Aging: 15 months in 100% French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 12, 2009
  • Release Date: September 15, 2010

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Intense black cherry, plum, and berry aromas intermingled with notes of anise, pain grille, and cedar.

Flavor: Rich cherry, red plum and raspberry flavors; white pepper, tobacco, and allspice; full-bodied with sweet, chewy tannins, balanced ripeness and fresh acidity.

Lewelling 2007 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills
  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam
  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock
  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5' x 9' vine spacing; cane pruned
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Case Production: 443 Cases
  • pH: 3.79
  • TA (g/100ml): 0.56
  • Harvest Date: October 2, 2007
  • Brix: 27.4
  • Aging: 19 months in 100% new French oak barrels
  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on August 12, 2009
  • Release Date: September 15, 2010

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: An enticing mix of black fruit, tobacco and toasty oak aromas mingled with highlights of vanilla, cedar and licorice.

Flavor: Concentrated black cherry, cassis, blueberry pie and espresso flavors; sweet smoke, anise and cedar; mouth-filling complexity and layered richness; dense but polished tannins and a very long finish.