2016 Edward Lewis Cellars "Pretty Woman" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $100)

SKU #1433809 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 My favorite of the trio was the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Pretty Woman, which includes 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot that spent 20 months in 90% new oak. This full-bodied effort offers a sexy, ripe, layered style that still has considerable purity and elegance. Revealing notes of both red and black fruits intermixed with plenty of crème caramel, dried flowers, and spice, it’s a brilliant, multi-dimensional 2016 that will drink well for two decades.  (1/2019)

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Before founding Edward Lewis Cellars in 2016, Ed Snider founded Beau Vigne in 2002, a hidden gem in the Atlas Peak AVA, which is well known for its top-scoring Cabernet Sauvignons. Although Beau Vigne has flown somewhat under the radar their history runs deep in Napa Valley. Ed's grandfather arrived in Napa Valley in 1913 after having trained as a winemaker in Italy. To his credit, Ed, along with winemaker Kirk Venge have produced a string of brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon's including their epic 100 point (Robert Parker) 2013 Reserve.

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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
Looking for an amazing Cabernet with silky tannins, elegance, and balance? Look no further. Pretty Woman from Edward Lewis Cellars (Beau Vigne) has it all. And with our current price, it's a stunning value, and perhaps a fantastic gift for the Cab lover, but honestly, worthy of any dinner party you have coming up. It's very approachable, easy drinking, and has nice flavors of vanilla, black currants, and just about everything I want in a Napa Cab. Treat yourself, don't cheat yourself.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
The “Pretty Woman” cuvée from Edward Lewis Cellars is one of the most delicious Cabernets I’ve tasted this year. It’s an absolute stunner in terms of depth and complexity with a finish that lingers on and on. I'm still in awe of this amazing Cabernet deal. This best-of-barrel selection Cabernet Sauvignon has a just enough Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to remind me of the legendary Dalla Valley Maya which currently sells for well above $400 bottle. Though it's not exactly the same blend, it possesses that hallmark Maya expression of monolithic depth with hints of cigar wrapper and black slate. This is such a stunning wine!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2019 | Send Email
The "Pretty Woman" has that extra something that distinguishes GREAT Napa Cabernet from the regularly very good pack. Leaning towards deep layers and fleshy and ripe fruit this wine is loaded with copious amounts of cassis, coffee and , the wine is reminiscent of the top cuvees from Darioush, Cliff Lede and even Tim Mondavi's Conundrum. All of which could send you well north of $150. And this was up there at one time! Sure, it's still not cheap but where most noteworthy Napa cabs start around $50, for just a few dollars more, you're drinking from the upper echelons of the Valley! This is serious juice for sure.

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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.