The 2013 Red Wine was judged 3rd in a tasting of new Cabernet Sauvignon releases in the October 2016 California Grapevine:
Very Highly Recommended: Medium dark ruby; attractive, forward, intense, spicy, cassis, blackberry, and dark cherry fruit aroma with earthy notes and hints of mocha and vanilla; full body; big, rich, deep, extracted, cedary, firmly structured, red and black fruit flavors with a note of sweet oak; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Currently showing rich, accessible fruit, though still deserving another three to five more years of bottle aging.
Arrow&Branch’s 2016 Premiere Napa Valley auction lot was “Fanciful,” from the 2014 vintage; it is a stand-alone Cabernet Sauvignon with dark complexity, power and elegance. Winemaker Jennifer Williams described the wine as “crafted from the most balanced and intensely flavored lots from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard and Oakville Ranch. Luscious and rich upon entry, the Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable and age-worthy with brilliant minerality and complexity, indicative of the Dr. Crane Vineyard, undoubtedly one of the best vineyards in St. Helena. The palate reflects what the aromas promise to deliver, with notes of classic berries, mocha and cassis, giving a beautiful expression of the unique terroir and volcanic soil of Oakville Ranch, which is organically farmed.”
It sold for $38,000.
The 2016 Premiere Napa Valley resulted in a $5 million fundraising total for the Napa Valley Vintners, the third highest amount raised in the event’s 20 year history.