From the ideal 2016
vintage comes a rich, profound expression of Hillside Select that is lifted,
fresh, and vibrant. This Cabernet Sauvignon fills the glass with aromas of
blackberry, cassis, currant, wet stone, chocolate, briar fruit, and allspice.
In the momentous mouth, from a foundation of lush, dark fruit, there emerges
juicy red plum, raspberry, black pepper, and touches of lavender and anise. The
tannins are ripe and silky, ready for right-now drinking, while offering the
promise of beautiful things to come with cellaring. The finish stays with you
both in the mouth and in the memory for a long, long time.
points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
deep, vibrant purple-black colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
strides confidently out of the glass with expressive notions of blueberry
preserves, Black Forest cake, cassis and cedar chest with touches of pencil
lead, licorice, violets and sandalwood plus a an exotic waft of Indian spices.
The rich, densely packed, full-bodied palate is at once thrillingly hedonic and
perfectly poised, featuring a rock-solid frame of firm, exquisitely ripe
tannins and tons of freshness, finishing epically long and with stunning
points Jeb Dunnuck
perfection, the prodigious 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select reveals an
even deeper purple/blue hue as well as extraordinary notes of unsmoked tobacco,
crushed rocks, graphite, crème de cassis, and blueberries. With a massive,
full-bodied profile and a texture that builds incrementally on the palate, it
has a stacked mid-palate, ultra-fine (yet lots of them) tannins, flawless
balance, and a monster of a finish. It’s tight and closed at the moment, so
hide bottles for a solid 7-8 years. It should age at a glacier pace.
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a wine of extraordinary beauty. The
purity of the flavors is simply striking, but what really stands out is the
wine's mind-blowing balance and total sense of harmony. An exotic mélange of
inky blue/purplish fruit, spice, new leather, lavender and licorice build as
this sumptuous, dazzling Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its alluring personality.
In a word: magnificent!
points James Suckling
very complex nose here with fresh notes of violets, blueberries, cassis and
forest-wood. The palate has a striking sense of power and purity with layers of
glossy, ripe, fine tannins, interspersed with fresh blackcurrant and blueberry
flavors. Impeccable poise and focus. Mouthwateringly fresh. Drink or hold.
points Wine Spectator
warm and alluring in feel, with a velvety texture, the core dripping with
cassis, plum reduction and melted red licorice notes. The long finish moves
slowly while maintaining definition, with subtle black tea and sage hints
peeking in, adding range and intrigue. Should age nicely. Best from 2021