2016 Paul Dolan Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1431429 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a huge, muscular but agile wine made from organically grown grapes. Fragrant aromas of French oak spices are followed by concentrated layers of black cherry, cinnamon, black currant and clove. Supported by a big, velvety frame of soft tannins, it is seductive now and will improve through 2026. *Cellar Selection* (JG)  (10/2019)

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By: Sean Reilly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2019 | Send Email
A textbook California Cabernet. Rich and expressive with dark cherry nuances and a long and luscious finish. A perfect pizza or pasta wine.
Drink from 2019 to 2021

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2019 | Send Email
For this Cabernet, the folks at Paul Dolan are using 100% certified organic grapes and according to vegan viticulture practices with 97% Cab Sauv and 3% Petit Verdot. The nose opens with lovely florality before transitioning into rich black and blue fruits. The wine is quite aromatic, combining earthy and fruity tones nicely along with notes of cherry cough drops (and I mean that in a very good way). The palate is fruity and there's a bit of funk here too in that the earthiness becomes a deeper forest floor and olive tapenade type character. The dark fruits come out as bruised plum and cassis. This wine has great structure and solid tannins, so this will be a great bottle to cellar for years to come allowing the wine to mature quite gracefully. 94 points from Wine Enthusiast.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2019 | Send Email
A stellar deal in Cabernet. Paul Dolan's wines have long been known to savvy buyers and folks in the wine business as some of the best values in California. This is a perfect illustration of that quality to price ratio. Estate grown, CCOF certified organic grapes, 94 points and a Cellar Selection from Wine Enthusiast and still under $20! This wine is powerful and rich with dense, dark, plummy, blackcurrant fruit. Smoky spices, broad rich texture, concentration and varietal tannins. A real mouthful of Cab with a lovely, authentic, non-manipulated feel. What a bargain at this price.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5