At 21 years of age, this 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon is far from being either senile, old, or tired. To give you a hint, once opened, it tastes way better on day II than on day I (please do try it!). It still has some ways to go but, by now, it does reveal its real character and inner qualities. It is medium plus bodied, with considerable concentration (especially considering that the vintage, 1996, was probably the lightest ever at Renaissance), density and solid “architecture”. Initial tightness gives way to warm velvety richness with considerable time and air. Excellent balance and length, real depth and aromatic complexity. Nothing showy about this Cab. The grapes for this very limited experimental batch came from “Slope 21”, a stand-alone knoll in the Renaissance vineyard with an elongated south-facing shoulder, offering a perfect exposure and depth of soil for this grape to mature perfectly (here, in North Yuba, we find that our Cabernet is extremely particular about these aspects). This micro-terroir has clearly produced the most complete Cabernet-based wine in that vintage, compared with all the other (70-odd) separate microclimate/soil combinations at that amazing historical vineyard.
Since 2015, we have started to produce a Clos Saron Cabernet Sauvignon from Renaissance’s “Slope 1”. The 2015 is likely to be released late in 2018 or sometime in 2019.
Ordering: This wine must be ordered in multiple of 3 (3, 6, 9, etc). Your order may be combined with the 1997 “Once Upon a Time” Syrah for the sake of reaching the desired number of magnums.
The $120/magnum price applies to orders of 3 magnums ($360/three-pack). The price for 6 magnums is $100/magnum ($600/six-pack). The discount will be applied to the order when we send you a quote for the full amount including shipping and applicable sales tax. You will be abel to review the order details prior to finalizing your order.