With our 2016 wines set for release soon, we thought we’d update you on the 2016 vintage. For RJV Wines, 2016 extends a run of exceptional years for Cabernet Sauvignon to five in a row. Our only regret is that there wasn't more fruit! The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and wrapped up as the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. Wines from the 2016 vintage are now quietly developing in cellars throughout Napa Valley and vintners are pinching themselves and smiling for the gift it appears Mother Nature has given them: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines.
- Robert John Nowinski