2016 Hillside Red Blend

Tasting Notes

The deep, dark, ruby red hues of this sublime offering invite auspicious anticipation. True to its Howell Mountain heritage, bold and vibrantly expressive flavors of ripe black and red fruit, with hints of anise and sweet spices abound. While the expectation that attends its pedigreed terroir and adroit winemaking sets a high bar, the 2016 vintage of our most storied wine stands and delivers. Indeed, cued by the wine’s alluring nose, the attack is marked with gravitas and vigor. Ripe blackberry, dark cherry, licorice and hints of juniper berry and baking spices lead to an assertive mid-palate …whose deftly applied oak framing presages a “call of the wild” that will be barely contained. Throaty, brooding and almost feral, the wine’s underlying power awaits to be unleashed by those who favor big, bold striking wines built for power and purpose. Sleek, brawny, and sensuous without caring to be stylish or trendy, the wine invites comparison to the classic American muscle cars whose street legality may someday be challenged.

The grapes that made this wine were grown in an east-facing hillside Howell Mountain vineyard perched 2100 feet above the Napa Valley floor, located just outside the Rancho. The terraced vineyard is planted on an extreme slope, producing thick-skinned clusters capable of creating a wine with intensity, structure, elegance, and weight.

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

This remarkable cabernet in its especially limited production quantities, receives our Cor Leonis designation, to mark its position as Moone Tsai’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Transfixed by the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Romans dubbed it Cor Leonis, the “Heart of the Lion.”

Tasting Notes
Deeply dark-ruby red in the glass, the glorious outcome to 2016’s nearly perfect growing season is on fine display in this eleventh vintage of our signature cabernet. With a steady, mild July and August, followed by a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, our vineyard blocks were able to progress to exquisite ripeness. Emboldened by these conditions, aromas of black fruit, finely milled oak, cherry cola and hints of eucalyptus signal “Game-ON!”, while surreptitiously providing only a glimpse of the wine’s attack that lies patiently in wait. Teasing flavors of ripe blackberry, cassis, pomegranate and cocoa nib taunt the palate against the backdrop of a handsomely-muscled structure defined by finely grained tannins and sweet oak. Displaying remarkable balance, layered complexity and delicate acidity; the wine’s hallmarks of power, agility and finesse reveal themselves, allowing for a gracefully arcing stride to a lengthy and triumphant finish. Admiring the phenomenally gifted Giannis Antetokounmpo (a.k.a. the “Greek Freak”) gliding through the NBA’s hardwood en route to one of his gravity-defying leaps through the paint; one can’t help but think that the Milwaukee Buck’s power forward-unicorn and our signature Cabernet may have something in common.

Triple Threat 2016 Red Blend

Triple Threat is an inviting and rich wine, with blackberry and plum aromas pouring from the glass. Bold dark fruits and alluring notes of coffee and sage welcome you with vibrancy and just the right amount of firmness on the finish. This wine is powerful enough to pair with red meat or anything from the grill, but smooth enough for anything else you can find in the fridge – including last night’s pizza. Whether you enjoy it with takeout or a four course meal, it’s best paired with good friends.

2016 Langhe Bianco D.O.C. Grey

Scent of wet stones, passion fruit, citrus and sage. In the mouth the wine is immediate, proud with a powerful acidic kick.

• 91 Points – James Suckling

2016 Unoaked Chardonnay

Expressing the true characteristics of the Chardonnay grape, our Unoaked Chardonnay is bursting with juicy tropical fruit and honeysuckle aromas followed by luscious green apple and baked pear flavors with a hint of stone fruit. The finish is crisp and clean without the harshness of oak.

• Double Gold Medal – WSWA Tasting Competition
• “Best of Show” (Chardonnay) – WSWA Tasting Competition

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Our latest wine Bound and Determined Cabernet Sauvignon is named after a concept that is central to the founding practice of Roots Run Deep Winery. Since our inception we have been focused on a single goal, to produce outstanding wines of substance and quality that compete with wines significantly more expensive. At Roots Run Deep Winery we are driven, some might say hell-bent, and at the very least, persistent in our desire to make the best possible wines period.|

Our Bound and Determined Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an abundant perfume of black currant and bing cherry, intermingled with intoxicating notes of lilac, wild spices and wet slate. The wine shows incredible depth and has tiers of mouthwatering flavors of black cherry, vanilla, cassis and oak.

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2016 exhibits a wonderful combination of plums, violets, cassis, and “Pauillac graphite” aromas. This wine is concentrated and powerful with delicious flavors of currents, cherries, and assorted spices. The dynamic structure of this Red Mountain Estate Cabernet showcases ripe tannins, mouthwatering acidity and light touches of toasty oaks notes. One of my best and most dynamic UV Cabs yet, this wine could live forever.

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is even better and is a smoking effort. Crème de cassis, graphite, liquid violets, and exotic spice notes all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, fresh, focused style. With building tannin yet beautiful length, it’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for two decades…” – Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Pinot Noir

This complex Pinot Noir fills the glass with bright red fruit; strawberry, raspberry, and a hint of cranberry. A touch of cherry jam, tobacco leaf, and earthiness lead to a clean finish rounded out by velvety tannins.

2016 g3 Rosé

The 2016 g3 Rose is explosive with aromas of floral perfume and fresh, vibrant notes of pomegranate, strawberry, and kiwi. Clean, bright flavors of melon and citrus leave a refreshing and satisfying taste on the palate. A perfect wine to enjoy chilled on a beautiful Spring or Summer day.

2016 g3 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 g3 Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich, deep aromatic expression of plum, cherry, and black currant intertwined with elegant notes of graphite and savory spices. The dark fruit flavors resonate on the palate over a supple tannic structure leading to a long, structured finish characterized by notes of raspberry and red plum.