2016 Gibbs "Three Clones" St. Helena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1401508 92 points James Suckling

 Very plush and plump, this fleshy, deep-fruited cabernet has a wealth of velvety, ripe blackberry and plum flavors. Long and even. Drink or hold.  (11/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Three Clones is made up of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. It has a very deep garnet-purple color and nose of cassis, black cherries and baked red and black plums with touches of allspice, tobacco and new leather. Soft, juicy and with a good amount of straightforward fruit in the medium to full-bodied mouth, it gives a juicy black fruit finish. (LPB)  (10/2018)


 The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Three Clones from Gibbs is powerful and nicely driven, with good energy backing up the red stone fruit flavors. Although a bit slender, this bright, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon is showing well today. Drink it over the next handful of years. (AG)  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Our flagship Cabernet owes its name to the three Cabernet clones grown on our two Estate Vineyards; 6, 15, and 337, that create the core of this delicious wine. Each clone adds unique character, complexity, and depth to the Cabernet. On the nose there are aromas of ripe black cherries and dusty French oak with a textured mid-palate bursting with plum, juicy dark fruits, and notes of black pepper. Soft, sizable tannins make for a smooth and silky finish. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot. Aging: 18 months French oak."

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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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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.