Anthem Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras-Beckstoffer Vineyard, St Helena, Napa Valley 2016
NVWE Notes: Deeply rich, concentrated and grand-scale all the way, this dramatic wine opens with intense aromas of black cherry, Italian Maraschino cherry, Creme de Cassis and blueberry, beautifully married to notes of dried sage and rosemary over a background of bitter chocolate, black fig, date, sweet vanilla and dark pipe tobacco. All of these elements are amplified on the palate, where the opulent fruity-spicy-herbal flavor mix smothers a firm spine of tannin. The finish is very long, if youthfully tight, and there is plenty of underlying zest to hold the balance. That balance suggests that it will serve well with rich entrees already, although it is certain to grow ever finer over the next five to ten years. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 375 cases produced.