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Nefer III 16 - single 750ml

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Nefer III 16 - single 750ml
Nefer III 16 - single 750ml



2016 OBELISCO III Nefer Cabernet Sauvignon

AVA: Red Mountain

Winemakers: Ali Mayfield, Ken Abbott, Betsy Long

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon  

Vineyards: 100% Obelisco

Bottling: 145 cases 750ml  

Alcohol:  approx 14% vol.

Barrels: 100% new oak; 100% French

Tasting Notes: Deep, dark purple, almost black color. The first nose on this wine is so rich with dark fruit, it immediately relaxes you into images of dark cherry cola, blackberries and your favorite childhood boysenberry jam. The nose releases subtle spices like vanilla, cinnamon and rosemary too. On the palate this wine washes your mouth with those same dark fruits with enough dryness from the toasted oak to make your mouth scream for more. The wine is full, and rich and the fruit and spice trade spaces as they dance across your taste buds The mouth feel is all encompassing while your taste buds try to figure out why dark fruits feel like butter. The tannins and fruit are extremely balanced. It is a brooding and powerful example of Red Mountain Cabernet.

Cellaring: Because it is made from 50% Red Mountain Cabernet heavy press wine this wine should age well for the next 10-12 years. Because it is Obelisco fruit, it is surprisingly soft and inviting now for 100% press wine. This wine can age longer, but with the density of the vineyard, 95% of the aging benefit is achieved in less than 10 years so why wait?

Production: All the fruit for this wine is from Obelisco Vineyard. The high density planting yields smaller berries, which contribute to the concentrated flavors. This is 100% press wine fraction, which explains the concentration, depth, dark color and more structured tannins. Combine this with 20 months in 100% new French Oak and you get a wine that invitingly combines great fruit and oak.

Harvest notes: 2016 was another warm year and we are getting used to it. The Cabernet had plenty of time on the vine despite a quick start. Thankfully the cool nights that happen in September on Red Mountain slowed the sugar production down a bit and let the flavors develop just enough. The Cab is always the last off of the vine. The mature flavors developed on the vine along with really ideal skin content make for a broad spectrum in flavors for any version of Obelisco Cab.

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