2016 Lancaster Estate Nicole's Red Wine, Alexander Valley
Available beginning December 16th
Lush and full on the palate, this wine has an intense core of dark cherry, currants and blackberry fruit with vanilla and floral undertones. Balanced by its acidity, polished tannins, and exotic oak, the wine shows an underlying minerality in its lingering finish. Nicole’s should be decanted when young, and should age for 20+ years.
The 2016 Nicole’s Proprietary Red is a blend created from the best barrels of our estate’s finest vineyard blocks. The final composition consists primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
24 months in 100% French oak.
January 22, 2019
Consistent with Lancaster Estate’s commitment to making wines of authenticity and place, all of our wines are estate grown, produced and bottled. Native yeasts are used for primary fermentation while secondary malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in barrel. To preserve the truest expression of our estate, the Lancaster Estate 2016 Nicole’s Proprietary Red was gently fined and then bottled unfiltered. The 2016 was aged 24 months in 100% French oak. We chose barrels from several coopers including Darnajou, Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage, Saury, and Bel Air. 100% of the barrels were new and all were coopered using a combination of Medium Plus, Medium Long, and Heavy toast levels to provide optimal integration and balance.
The 2016 growing season brought fruit of exceptional quality and concentration. We had sufficient rainfall in the winter to help alleviate drier than average conditions in recent years. Temperatures were moderate with some minor heat spikes in June and July. However, a cooling off period in August led to ideal conditions at harvest. The wines from this vintage have great uniformity, concentration and outstanding balance.