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Argot Starstruck Cabernet Sauvignon
Argot Wines
United States - California - Napa Valley

Sourcing from vineyards scattered throughout Napa Valley’s spectrum of terroirs, this wine arrives in the glass with a great complexity of personality. Remaining true to last vintage’s bottling, 2016’s Starstruck pours a vibrant purple, offering vibrant aromatics, regal structure and great freshness. Where this bottling has evolved, is by way of Sage Ridge’s warmer, up-valley, higher elevation, red-fruited power, which bolsters the dark blue/purple, cool-fruited character of the other three, cooler-climate Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. Further, the addition of Merlot has added a wonderful juiciness in both flavor and structure.

A palate’s tour of Napa Valley’s myriad terroir — sunbaked ridgetops; forested hillsides; orange-soils; cooling, maritime winds; dense, fog-shrouded mornings. While 2016 keeps with the theme from previous vintages, new flourishes have been added to the mix — a warmer, up-valley vineyard, along with a dollop of Merlot — to up the ante. This cuvee opens to an alluring approach-ability, vibrance, and kiss of juiciness, by way of baked red pie-fruits. On a beam of blood orange accents, a powerfully precise delineation of intense dark fruits flushes out the palate. A singularly delicious and complex representation of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley, that begs to be devoured.

 

Specifications
Appellation
Napa Valley
Varietal(s)
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot (15-25 years old)
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
iron-rich rocky soil
Vinification
Hand-harvested at night, to protect fruit integrity. Cluster sorted, destemmed, berry sorted by hand, fully crushed. 7-day cold soaks, an average of 20 days skin contact. Individual vineyards raised separately, blended shortly before bottling.Aged 20 months in French oak, 80% new. Suscol Ranch barrels racked once at twelve months. Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
Production
350 9-liter cases (9-liter cases)

Reviews and News

2016 Argot Starstruck Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 94 PTS - JD

2016 Argot Starstruck Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Starstruck is a step up and offers more density and depth, as well as the classic purity of fruit that makes this vintage so compelling. Ripe, powerful notes of blueberries, cassis, green tobacco, and graphite all flow to a full-bodied Cabernet that has loads of fruit, ripe tannins, good acidity, and the class to evolve for upwards of two decades. Bravo!"
- Jeb Dunnuck (January 2019), 94 pts

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