The 2016 Aloft Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our favorite offerings to date. As our seventh vintage, and first release made 100% by Angelina Mondavi, we were graced with another amazing growing season from start to finish with consistent, warm days bookended with cool mornings and evenings. Being at the beckon call of Mother Nature, this wine is the exact representation we strive to produce each year with balance between tannins, fruit, and acidity.
The terroir of our Cold Springs Vineyard, nestled atop Howell Mountain, continues to provide the foundation for the palate and aromas we love so much – blackberry, blueberry, lavender, anise, cran-apple, and semi-sweet chocolate. This stunning Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a palate nearly identical to the aromas. To paint you a picture, the palate is reminiscent of a raspberry Danish glazed with milk chocolate and a blueberry pie our grandmother, Blanche, used to bake to share with us on a beautiful summer day. Additional layers of complexity unravel notes of chocolate covered caramel, anise, coffee, black tea leaf, and a freshly rolled cigar.
Most would agree the Aloft Cabernets would pair perfectly with a grilled steak, but with the finesse of fruit and tannins offered by Howell Mountain, it is not uncommon for our family to enjoy these wines alongside a berry and chocolate dessert.