On Sale: $98.94 (was: $149.94)*
The 2016 ‘Winemaker’s Cuvee’ is an impeccably balanced blend of Cabernet and Merlot, and it proves that for this particular style, Sonoma can go head to head with Napa at a far more reasonable price. That’s true even before today’s discount of over 30% off, making this a rare case where buying in magnum format actually brings a significant discount rather than a premium. While you could pick a bottle of this 2016 for $70+, our magnum price comes in at only $98.94, and given that fewer than two thousand cases were produced, it’s a rare sight indeed!
The singular climate of Alexander Valley matched with volcanic terroir turns out a surprisingly classic style of Cabernet, and in the hands of the team at Lancaster Estate, these wines can go toe-to-toe with Napa heavyweights for a fraction of the price. In Sonoma, 2016 was “unquestionably a world-class vintage” (Dunnuck) with ideal conditions for well balanced and refined reds. We can’t think of a better opportunity to venture into Alexander Valley Cabernet than with a magnum of Lancaster Estate!
96 points, Tasting Panel: "A lush plum nose precedes a rich and dense palate with lovely plum, cherry, and toasty oak. It’s clear that the fruit was skillfully vinified, resulting in a very special and classic wine that’s succulent, balanced, long, and, above all, delicious."
94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Winemaker's Cuvée is medium to deep garnet-purple in color and scented of cassis, blackberries and preserved plums with suggestions of cedar chest, wood smoke, dried herbs and tapenade plus a waft of charcoal. Full-bodied with tons of black fruit and wood-inspired flavors, it has a solid line of ripe tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long. 1,978 cases produced. Drink date 2018-2032"
*Offer publication date February 23, 2022. Pricing and availability subject to change.