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Napa Icons from Dunn Vineyards, Dominus, Bryant Family Vineyards and More.


A Special IWM Presentation
Napa Valley Pioneer from Howell Mountain Delivers “The Single Greatest Value in Napa Valley Cabernet…One of the Classic Masterpieces.” Plus Napa Icons from Dunn Vineyards, Dominus, Bryant Family Vineyards and More. Best Price – 48 Hours Only.

Forman's Cabernet is one of the classic masterpieces of Napa Valley… Best of all, [it] is probably the single greatest value in Napa Valley Cabernet…This is one of the classiest wines…Knockout aromatics reminiscent of a top-flight Chambertin or Barolo.” -Antonio Galloni

After a strong response to our recent Godzilla offering of the 2016 Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain, the IWM Team was inspired by old school Napa to once again uncork one of the uncork once again, what is one of the stunning and reasonably priced collector Cabernets of the classic 98-point vintage of 2016 in Napa Valley. A little over a year ago, Antonio Galloni called the Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “probably the single greatest value in Napa Valley Cabernet.” We emphatically agree, as we believe this is truly Grand Cru Classé Napa without the heavy-handed extraction or cult wine pricing. It is more classic, wearing its Howell Mountain fruit wellalmost Pauillac-like in style. What we love here is the focus, structure, and that this is a more terroir-driven Napa expression. It is one of those rare, medium bodied Napa Cabs that has tongue-staining fruit with precision, deceiving approachability with longevity, and the aromatics alone can entice from across the room. In fact, Antonio Galloni once commented, Knockout aromatics reminiscent of a top-flight Chambertin or Barolo.” We agree, and this note still holds true today, we might add Super Tuscans from the Chianti Classico zone to the list of aromatic comparisons as there is a savory and earthy element here.

And that is what the new release is about; it is another worthy follow-up to the 2015s and we are pleased to present the classically-built Forman Napa Valley Cabernet from the “extraordinary vintage in 2016,” as this is the kind of old school Napa Cabernet we want in the cellar. It comes from one of the region’s most influential winemakers and includes fruit from the prized vineyard sites around Howell Mountain. We were just allocated a limited quantity and wanted to share it with you, as the historic and classically built wines of Ric Forman are wines that belong beside the great Napa traditionalists and pioneers of Dunn, Togni, Corison, Mayacamas, Diamond Creek, Heitz, and even Dominus. As Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has stated, the pioneering producer "is arguably Napa Valley's first superstar winemaker… these wines are all about refinement, subtlety and sheer class," creating the reference-point Cabernet Sauvignons of Sterling in the seventies and helping to start up other icons before establishing the Forman winery itself as one of the cornerstones of great Napa Valley Cab.

What you should know about the 2016 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon is once again, this is one of the more approachable Formans we have tasted – it stunned today, with a mere one hour decant. It is as Galloni goes on to state, “a classic Ric Forman wine. Gracious with remarkable finesse, the 2016 is captivating from the very first taste.” We are pleased to present the classic Napa wine of Ric Forman with a limited time only price of $99.99 – some of the best in the country.

Our Napa selection is always relatively small, but it is always strong! Our hearts and wishes goes out to all those impacted by the fires from California to Oregon to Washington. Like many in the industry, we are looking to help support those impacted by the fires. IWM will donate $5 for every bottle sold from our California selections to the Red Cross Relief program. We will continue these efforts in the upcoming weeks. If you would like to help support those in need in the Pacific Northwest, please click here American Red Cross Wildfire Relief Funds for Western Wildfires.

Featured Wine: Forman and Old School Napa from the Classic 2016 Vintage (and Beyond)

Producer/Wine

Vintage

Price

Special

Press

Featured Wine(s):

6+ Bottles

Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

$135.99

$107.99

94+AG/95IWM

Additional IWM Favorites (Cab Blends)

Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2016

$119.99

$99.99

93AG/95IWM

Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

2016

$169.99

$144.99

97De/95+AG

(Dominus) Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

$199.99

$159.99

99JS/98+AG

Continuum Proprietary Sage Mountain

2017

$299.99

$249.99

98JS/97+WA/96+AG

Dominus Estate Proprietary Red Napa Valley

2016

$349.99

$299.99

100WA/98+JD/98JS

Bryant Family Vineyards 25th Anniversary*

2016

$799.99

$699.99

100WA/99JS/99AG

*indicates pre-arrival

Additional Notes and Reviews:

“Rick Forman is one of the veteran wine producers in all of Northern California, with experience going back to the beginning of the 1970s, which means he is coming up on nearly 50 years of making wine!” -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2016 FORMAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Tasted twice. For myself, and many others, this is one of the Napa Cabernets of the benchmark vintage in the making for its fair collector price and its ability to deliver approachability with age-ability. Once again, compared to all their neighbors, this is more classic and Bordeaux in style wearing its Howell Mountain fruit well – almost Pauillac-like. It is an expression that explains why people fell in love with the old school Napa cabernets from the sixties and seventies. It is traditional in style, which is indicated on the label with its 13.3/4% alcohol. In the glass, it tells the same story, this is a wine which you can see your finger through; it is not opaque or over the top. This is high toned Mountain fruit, with freshness, precision, brightness, and depth. An awesome spectrum of nuances that range from mulberries, raspberries, black cherry, citrus, pepper, herbs, olives, licorice, crushed violets, baked earth, and graphite that screams old world and to the storied past here. This is truly Grand Cru Classé Napa without extraction and cult wine pricing. A must buy for those that appreciate classic, medium bodied Cabernet with energy and acidity, but what makes this wine so special is also its approachability.”

94+ Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Ric Forman wine. Gracious and medium in body, with remarkable finesse, the 2016 is captivating from the very first taste. Sweet tobacco, menthol, licorice, lavender, rose petal and spice add striking layers of dimension to this translucent, super-expressive Cabernet. Today, the 2016 is more refined than it was as a barrel sample. I can't wait to see how it ages. (Drink between 2022-2036)"

2016 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “No doubt about it, there remains a strong dedicated following for the Howell Mountain from Dunn Vineyards – it is one of the benchmarks for the region and a classic expression of Napa Valley’s Mountain fruit. It is stereotyped as the “Pauillac of Napa” and is one of the most age-worthy wines of California. However, the Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley cuvee showcases approachability. Randy’s son Mike has made the wines a little more approachable, and we love. From the classic and standout vintage of 2016, the wine is showing right out of the gate offering approachability on the palate and in the pocket (for Napa’s finest). The wine remains at just 13.9% and it is not your cloying, dark fruited Napa. There is red and black fruit here with some energy, and you can expect to find nuances of cherries, plum, red licorice, olives, sweet tobacco, coffee, and cedar. While not high in alcohol there is plenty of soft, glycerin-like texture that help make this a huge crowd-pleaser even today. Easily one of the highlights from our summer staff tasting.”

2016 Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
97 Points, Karen MacNeil, Decanter: Wiry, opinionated and something of a recluse, Randy Dunn has a reputation for making sleek, powerfully structured, extremely age-worthy mountain cabernet. He is also adamant on the topic of ripeness, vowing in 2007 that he would never make a wine with more than 14% alcohol by volume. The 2016, like most Dunn Cabernets, has not an ounce of body fat. It’s tight, lean, and focused with soaring fine tannin and lots of fantastic savory and spicy flavors from black olives to Chinese 5-spice. The fruit has almost a cool blue character. While I loved drinking this 2016, this wine won’t truly unfurl itself for another several years.”

95+ Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain offers good density, but in more of a medium-bodied style that is quite a bit more approachable than is the norm here. A whole range of inky Howell Mountain fruit, graphite, grilled herb, licorice, spice, chocolate, and lavender nuances open up in a brooding, resonant Cabernet that needs a few years in bottle to start drinking well. There is plenty of the structure readers have come to expect from Dunn, but less youthful austerity, which is not a bad thing at all.”

2016 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 25th Anniversary (Black Label)
100 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon entirely from the Pritchard Hill estate and aged in 90% new oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple colored and has a disarmingly profound red roses and red and black currant nose with wild blueberries and yeast extract accents plus tapenade, tilled soil, subtle exotic spices and pencil shavings and the faintest waft of lavender. The palate is ethereal in its weight with a medium to full-body supported by firm yet perfectly ripe, grainy tannins structuring the tightly wound savory layers and leading to a very long, fragrant earth finish. So poised, so classy, so Bryant.”

99 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous:Bryant's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is majestic. Soaring aromatics and silky, lacy textural nuances speak to finesse above all else. Polished and utterly impeccable, the 2016 builds on the success the estate first reached in 2014 and takes it to a very natural conclusion. Crème de cassis, blackberry jam, chocolate, mint and wild flowers all grace the palate, with impossibly silky, fine tannins that accentuate the wine's pure elegance. So many Napa Cabernets reveal themselves with ease, but the 2016 Bryant is a wine that brings the taster in, and only starts to show all of its cards with time.”

This is an email ONLY offer! Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer (that is only available until 11:59, Monday 10/5 or while supplies last), we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com , connect with your Portfolio Manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,

Chris
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Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016 750ml
Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016 750ml
Price: $119.99
Special Price: $99.99

Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “No doubt about it, there remains a strong dedicated following for the Howell Mountain from Dunn Vineyards – it is one of the benchmarks for the region and a classic expression of Napa Valley’s Mountain fruit. It is stereotyped as the “Pauillac of Napa” and is one of the most age-worthy wines of California. However, the Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley cuvee showcases approachability. Randy’s son Mike has made the wines a little more approachable, and we love. From the classic and standout vintage of 2016, the wine is showing right out of the gate offering approachability on the palate and in the pocket (for Napa’s finest). The wine remains at just 13.9% and it is not your cloying, dark fruited Napa. There is red and black fruit here with some energy, and you can expect to find nuances of cherries, plum, red licorice, olives, sweet tobacco, coffee, and cedar. While not high in alcohol there is plenty of soft, glycerin-like texture that help make this a huge crowd-pleaser even today. Easily one of the highlights from our summer staff tasting.” more info