Introducing the exquisite 2016 Kerr Cellars Reserve Proprietary Red, a captivating wine that hails from the esteemed Sonoma appellation in California's North Coast region. This remarkable red blend is crafted with precision and passion by the renowned Kerr Cellars, a producer known for their commitment to excellence.
In the glass, this wine showcases a deep garnet-purple hue that entices the eye with its alluring richness. The nose is a symphony of aromas, beginning with an intense wave of blackberry cake, licorice, and blackcurrant tart. As the bouquet unfolds, notes of cassis, vanilla, and eucalyptus dance delicately, creating a captivating olfactory experience.
On the palate, the Kerr Cellars Reserve Proprietary Red continues to impress. The powerful fruit flavors mirror those discovered on the nose, with blackberry, blackcurrant, and cassis taking the lead. These bold flavors are elegantly wrapped in a firm structure of tannins, offering a harmonious balance and a promise of age-worthiness. The finish is long and chewy, leaving a lasting impression that lingers on the palate.
Notable wine critics have also recognized the exceptional qualities of this wine. James Suckling awarded it an impressive score of 92, praising its intense fruit and structured tannins. Vinous gave it an even higher score of 94, noting its striking nuance, complexity, and explosive energy. Wine Spectator chimed in with a score of 93, describing the wine as having steeped plum and blackberry fruit infused with grilled savory, tobacco, and licorice root notes. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it an outstanding score of 96+, raving about its fragrant nose, velvety texture, and long finish.
Crafted from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, this Reserve Proprietary Red spent an impressive 22 months aging in French oak, with 95% of the barrels being new. The result is a wine of exceptional depth, complexity, and character that showcases the best of Sonoma's terroir.
With only around 600 cases produced, the 2016 Kerr Cellars Reserve Proprietary Red is a highly sought-after gem that is sure to impress any wine connoisseur. This wine is a testament to the artistry and dedication of Kerr Cellars, and it is destined to become a collectible treasure. For those who appreciate the finest expressions of California red wine, this is an absolute must-try.