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2016
Trésor

Sonoma County

93 pts from JamesSuckling.com! Aptly named “Trésor” for “treasure,” this wine is our version of a Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux-style blend, and it has everything you’d expect — lush and ripe fruit aromas and flavors, concentrated, powerful and firm in style — perfectly proportioned and integrated. This wine checks all the boxes.

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Aromas & Flavors

This full-bodied wine is elegant and rich with aromas of cassis, blueberries, pomegranate, mocha and sweet brown sugar that lead to flavors of plum, blackberries and vanilla, finishing with a toasty cardamom spice. Upfront silkiness and roundness make for a delicious wine now and will drink well for 7-10 years.

Food Pairings

Trésor complements lamb and beef dishes that are roasted or braised, like braised lamb with fennel, or pair with beef stew, filet mignon with mushrooms in a whiskey pan sauce, a bacon maple cheeseburger, or grilled flank or sirloin steak. Try Trésor with strong-flavored cheeses such as Gorgonzola or sharp Cheddar.

How It's Made

Upon entering the winery, the hand-harvested grapes are destemmed and cold soaked for 3 days. Following the cold soak, yeast is added and pump overs commence, one to two times daily, for the duration of primary fermentation. The wine is drained and pressed, then moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation, remaining in individual lots until blending and bottling. The wine completes a total of 20 months barrel aging, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.

The Vintage

The 2016 harvest began closer to an average start date than in recent years, with the vines producing good yields in the midst of a fourth year of drought in Sonoma County. The vineyards performed well with considerable amounts of rainfall dropping in the late winter and early spring, combined with mild and warmer early spring conditions. Although there were many mornings of heavy fog in late August, most of the summer and early fall were consistently sunny, warm and dry. 2016 was ideal for quality wine grape farming and harvesting at optimal ripeness.

AppellationSonoma County

Grape71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

Cooperage20 months in French oak, 49% new

ReleaseWinter 2021