2016 Hoopes Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Hoopes Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

¥9,570 (incl. tax)

Hoopes Napa Valley is a blend of 88% Cabernet and 12% Merlot sourced from the family’s estate in Oakville as well as vineyards in St. Helena, Oak Knoll, southern Napa and Coombsville – in other words, a classic Napa Valley made in the spirit of a great left bank Bordeaux. The winemaker’s own tasting notes describe wine as having a “fruit-forward nose filled with plummy sweet tarts, cherry compote, cocoa nibs, hard candy, cedar box, and allspice. The entry is fresh and clean with a core of delicious generous fruit. It has a lovely elegant texture, weighty middle and resolves into a mocha filled finish.” While this wine has been made to be enjoyed on release, it has acidity and tannin structure to improve with age. Pair with cuts of beef or pork – braised, stewed or grilled. 

Winery


Winery Description

Located on prime Napa Valley real estate, where the Oakville AVA borders Yountville, the Hoopes Vineyard is a family business with a twist: it’s a father-daughter operation – in which (daughter) Lindsay Hoopes has full control of managing the business. Her father, Spencer Hoopes, came to farming and winegrowing by following his passion for collecting great wines. In 1983, he planted a ten-acre vineyard in the Oakville AVA and was soon supplying premium fruit to several esteemed wineries. 15 years later, he started his own label in order to make the aromatic wines with balance and structure that he loved most. A sweetspot for Cabernet Sauvignon, the Oakville AVA features well-drained sandy and gravelly soils as well as a slightly warmer climate that allows this late-ripening variety to develop rich and complex flavors. Think “Napa Cab” and you are probably thinking “Oakville” - as it is home to many of the Valley’s most iconic wines. Hence, it’s not surprising that Hoopes Vineyard focuses on Cabernet. But, as a small enterprise comprising estate vineyards as well as a winery, Hoopes Vineyard represents the pure relationship between grape grower and winemaker in a way that few do in the Napa Valley anymore. Under the flagship Hoopes label, the winery produces Cabernet from its estate vineyard in Oakville as well as from select vineyards in other parts of the Valley. 

These wines, produced through meticulous farming and a minimalist approach to winemaking, are deep and complex and will reward years of cellaring. This label also includes Sauvignon Blanc from Coombsville as well as Chardonnay from Carneros. The winery also launched Hoopla, originally as a way to utilize the barrels that didn’t make it into the top blends but now as a label that emphasizes the fun and joie de vivre of a life in - or with - wine. The dog on the label is Dante, Spencer’s faithful and energetic terrier (now deceased), whose boundless energy might symbolize how we should approach wine in our lives - with a sense of play and fun rather than formality and seriousness.

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Winery Hoopes/Hoopla
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 33.0
Case Size 31.5 x 24.5 x 34.0
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code HP16NCB
UPC 857416200131

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

92 points – James Suckling.

Aromas of dark berries, chocolate, cigar box and damp earth lead toward a lush and generous mouthful of ripe plum and black tea. Well-integrated tannins linger in a long finish of milk chocolate and spice notes. 

Production


Vinification

Aged for 25 months in 35% new French oak. 

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