2016 Kerr Cellars Reserve Proprietary Red

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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WA 96 VN 94 WS 93 JS 92
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2019

96+ A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon (from Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper vineyard in Oakville), 47% Merlot (from Houyi vineyard on Pritchard Hill) and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Reserve Proprietary Red was aged for 22...
VN 94

Vinous, December 2018

Kerr's 2016 Napa Valley Reserve is absolutely gorgeous. Blackberry jam, graphite, smoke, leather, menthol, licorice and flowers give the Reserve striking nuance and complexity, but it is the wine's structural intensity...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, October 2019

Steeped plum and blackberry fruit is infused with grilled savory, tobacco and licorice root notes. A grippy back end tugs all the elements together, adding in a bolt of graphite along the way. Delivers character and...
JS 92

jamessuckling.com, February 2019

An intense nose of blackberry cake, licorice, blackcurrant tart, cassis, vanilla and eucalyptus. The palate presents a lot of the same, powerful fruit, but it’s wrapped in a healthy package of structured tannins, leading...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Sonoma
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.8%
Closure Cork

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.