2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2016 Malk Cabernet is one of elegance and sophistication. Continuing the series of early spring weather, and warm vintages in general, the 2016 was a little different as we finally experienced some welcome winter rains that flushed the soils and replenished the aquafers. The yields were right about historical averages, and this was reflected in the balance of the fruit and offered a classic example of the Stag’s Leap District. Aromatically, we experience the forward, dark fruit of blackberry, ripe current, cedar spice, and chocolate. The mouthfeel is perfectly balanced from entry to finish, exhibiting the true elegance of the wine. The tannins are soft and supple and provide a beautiful framework for the entire wine. This wine is in excellent condition and is very approachable in its youth, but it will confidently age in the cellar.
• James Suckling, 92 points
A bold array of blackberries and cassis with a smoothly arrayed, ripe and even-paced fruit core that holds plenty of flesh into the finish. Drink or hold.
• Antonio Galloni, 93 points
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is the best wine I have tasted from Malk. Dark, pliant and inviting, with terrific fruit purity, the 2016 is very nicely balanced. Dark cherry, plum, violet, spice and menthol all run through this plump, juicy Stags Leap Cabernet. Silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal and immediacy. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
• Robert Parker, 91 points
Deep purple-black colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has a very earthy nose with tree bark, black soil and truffles with tea and thyme plus a core of cassis and baked plums. The full-bodied palate is firm, chewy and earthy with a savory finish.