- Producer: LEVY & McCLELLAN - read about the Estate
- Winemakers: Martha McClellan & Bob Levy
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot
- Vintage production: 150 cases
- Winery location: Napa Valley
- Owners: Martha McClellan & Bob Levy
- First vintage: 2004
- Drinking window: 2030-2070
About The Wine
LEVY & McCLELLAN ferment their wines 100% in French Oak barrels (225L), with 100% of the fruit from their estate vineyard. Typical yield hovers at just below 2 tons per acre, but in 2016 yields were a bit higher, at 2.24 tons per acre. The 2016 harvest began on September 24, with the Merlot and finished on October 13, with the Cab. Franc and Petite Verdot.
The wines are typically aged for approximately 28 months in 100% new French Oak, and the 2016s wines were bottled on April 2, 2019.
The 2016 vintage started out with a normal amount of rainfall (around 11 inches) through the end of December 2015, and into January followed by a fairly warm dry February. March brought another five inches of rainfall, with lighter rains continuing through April, May and even into June, for a total amount that was about half to two-thirds of normal rain overall. Bud break began around the 18th of March.
The weather stayed moderate through the most of March and into the first week of April alternating from that point between unseasonably warm periods and periods of cooler days and nights. Flowering peaked in early to mid May and the rest of May brought us moderately warmer days, just as fruit set was taking place. The rest of the early summer up to veraison was fairly moderate, with daytime peaks running from the mid-70’sF into the mid-90’sF most days. Because of these moderate temperatures, veraison began slightly earlier than expected, taking place around the first of August. This suggested a slightly earlier than ‘normal’ harvest date. Most of August was cooler than normal which extended that harvest date forecast, which landed on 24th of September with the Merlot. With unseasonably warm weather during the third and fourth weeks of September, harvesting of the Cabernet and Petite Verdot was in the first two weeks of October with the final day of harvest on the 13th.
LEVY & McCLELLAN 2016
"The 2016 LEVY & McCLELLAN has a decidedly dark flavor profile similar to 2013, but softer curves and more voluptuousness than the 2013 and it brings with it a tremendous sense of power and concentration, yet with a delicate, lively and seamless texture. The remarkably complex array of flavors runs the gamut-from herbs de Provence to earthy mineral tones to roasted coffee and black currants. Perhaps most importantly of all, the wines are incredibly delineated in the way they speak to the essence of site. Put simply, at this stage, 2016 is second only to 2013 among the top vintages of this decade so far. The finish is embellished with ripe, velvety tannins, supple and round in structure and long lasting in their resolve."
LEVY & McCLELLAN