Both my winemaker, Celia Welch, and I knew from the moment we finished creating this final 2016 blend, that this was a very special wine. Through some limited tastings with consumers as well as getting feedback from critics, I know this third vintage of LAZ has the finesse and depth of a great wine that will continue to impress into the next decade.
2016 was a phenomenal growing season and in reference to previous vintages, has the elegance of the 2014 vintage alongside the structure and concentration of the 2015 vintage. It offers the highlights of the previous two vintages into one. Through careful blending and sourcing from some of the best Napa Valley grower vineyards, we did take a decrease in production and as a result, we made about 50% less for this newest vintage.
Crafted from an artistic blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, this Napa Valley Cabernet was harvested at full flavor-ripeness in late September and early October 2016, fermented on skins for approximately 23 days, transferred to French oak barrels (60% new), and aged in oak for approximately 18 months. The wine was blended and bottled without fining or filtration in May 2018.