2016 Meteor Vineyard Special Family Reserve 1.5L
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With only 1 barrel produced, our Special Family Reserve represents the absolute finest fruit from Meteor Vineyard. Hand selected by the row and cluster from a rock strewn section planted to Clone 7 on Saint George rootstock, barrel aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months and then bottle aged for an additional year prior to release. Aromas of black tea, chocolate/mocha and red peppercorns surround a core of blackberries, red currants and cassis. Densely packed aromas reverse on the palate, opening to a mouthwatering expression of bright red fruit. The wine is rich and concentrated with firm, velvety tannins ending in a long warm spice driven finish. Though absolutely gorgeous now, this wine will age gracefully in the cellar.
- Only 40 Magnums produced
- Vintage 2016
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Aged 24 months in French oak, 100% new
- 100% clone 7 planted on St. George rootstock
- Alc: 14.4%,TA: 5.9 g/l, pH: 3.72
- Appellation: Coombsville
FROM CRITIC ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS MEDIA
The 2016 Special Family Reserve is dense, powerful and explosive in the glass. Inky blue/purplish fruit, licorice, menthol, lavender and exotic spice notes all blossom as this unctuous, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its class. The 2016 is spectacularly rich and yet somehow never heavy because there is more than enough structure to give the wine energy and drive. The 2016 simply has it all. Moreover, it is one of the most complete and moving Coombsville Cabernet I have ever tasted. In a word: superb. 97+
FROM VINEYARD MANAGER MIKE WOLF
2016 marked the end of a string of very dry winters, with over 35 inches of rainfall. Early season weather was very moderate, encouraging good even canopy development, while ample late rains and mild temperatures reduced irrigation needs, and allowed for slow, even development of the fruit. Both the vines and fruit at Meteor were in good condition to handle the warm weather that occurred during the last week of July and for a few days in early September. Harvest occurred between 9/19 and 9/22, avoiding what was in many cases a third, and damaging heat wave. All harvesting was done at night, resulting in the fruit arriving at the winery at dawn in great condition. Yields of around 3 tons per acre were in line with historical averages. The 2016 Perseid will be remembered as the 5th in a string of remarkable vintages for Meteor.