Folie à Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
September 16 - October 22, 2016
The 2016 Folie à Deux Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a pure expression of its region. Concentrated aromas of juicy blackberry, cassis, and Earl Grey tea sit atop spicy oak notes. Rich, round and robust in structure, this wine showcases ripe, concentrated flavors of strawberry jam, molasses and anise notes complemented by chocolate, cherry tobacco and a hint of vanilla on the balanced finish. Pair the 2016 Folie à Deux Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with herb-crusted lamb or a juicy, seasoned burger topped with goat cheese and carmelized onions.
Grapes for the Folie à Deux 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were carefully selected from prime vineyards in northern Sonoma’s renowned Alexander Valley. Stretching 22 miles from Healdsburg to Cloverdale following the Russian River’s winding course, this appellation is noted for its high quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards, which benefit from the region’s warm climate, marine-cooled evenings and well-drained, volcanic hillside soils.
The Alexander Valley had relatively moderate temperatures in 2016. Abundant sunshine allowed the grapes to ripen evenly throughout the growing season, and rainfall, followed by warmth and ample air circulation, kept the threat of fungus at bay. Although Cabernet Sauvignon is typically a late-ripening variety, warmerthan- average temperatures in spring and early summer prompted an early harvest. The fruit from this vintage yielded rich fruit flavors and soft tannins.
This Cabernet Sauvignon underwent a maceration period of 10 to 16 days, which fostered the rich color, medium body, balanced mouthfeel and excellent aging potential of the wine. Following a moderate fermentation temperature of 75°F, the wine was aged for 22 months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels, 27% of which was new, giving it a plush mouthfeel and complex layers of flavor.
Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
(Feb 16, 2019 at 4:16 PM)
We celebrated our 35th and came across this wonderful wine..very smooth...I would give it 10 stars if I could!
(Jan 16, 2020 at 11:07 AM)
(Feb 12, 2020 at 4:41 PM)
Love Love Love 💕 this wine!! The best Cabernet out of California I have tasted!!!!
(Jun 2, 2020 at 8:20 PM)
Wonderful wine - our favorite red now!
(Aug 10, 2020 at 2:45 PM)
Compares favorably with cabs selling for twice the the price.
Jeffrey M. Thompson
(Oct 28, 2020 at 6:09 PM)
Have had two bottles of the 2013 in my cellar for a while. Had a bottle tonight. It was exquisite!! Just loved it. My wife did as well.
(Mar 2, 2021 at 11:17 AM)
Gave this bottle to my nephew and bride to be. They opened it that same night and we all loved it.