2016 Leviathan, Cabernet Blend

Merchant's Pick

THE RECENT PICK

2016 Leviathan, Cabernet Blend

Former Screaming Eagle Winemaker's Project
One of the best Leviathans we've ever tasted!

In November, we featured this delicious Cabernet blend as one of the best Leviathans we've ever tasted.

AND, HOT OFF THE PRESS...

The Wine Advocate just awarded this wine an impressive 94+ points saying, "It leaps from the glass with exuberant black cherries, black raspberries and black currants...full, firm and grainy with a gorgeous mid-palate of black fruit and savory sparks...."

What did we say in November?

This is the finest Leviathan we have ever tasted!

Leviathan is known as, "one of the best values out of California." Antonio Galloni

It is the personal project of Andy Erickson, Screaming Eagle's former winemaker.

Screaming Eagle, at $2,000 per bottle, may be one of the most elusive and collectible domestic California Cabernets. Erickson knows this and has created a "Baby Eagle," his own personal project for immediate enjoyment, Leviathan.

For years, we have been a fan of the plush fruit of Leviathan allowing for approachability in its youth without sacrificing balanced structure or depth.

Aromatics of cigar box, brambly fruit and cacao jump from the glass. Hedonistic, lush fruit on the palate reveals flavors of black cherries and anise, and cocoa with savory tannins and a full, lingering finish.

Sourced from some of the most coveted vineyards in California, Leviathan showcases the best characteristics of another sensational vintage, 2016.

This Baby Eagle is more than just a personal project; with so little available, it is quickly becoming a cult Cabernet.

Even more rare, we have a limited supply of magnums (1.5L), here.

Enjoy!

$38.95 per bottle / $467.40 per case

Summary


THE WINE ADVOCATE

94+ / 100

"Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with exuberant black cherries, black raspberries and blackcurrants with hints of black pepper, tobacco and forest floor plus a waft of tapenade. Full, firm and grainy, with gorgeous mid-palate generosity and packed with layers of black fruit and savory sparks, it has a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. Approachable now yet structured to cellar, this seriously affordable, serious California blend should age 15-20 years or more."

THE MERCHANT'S MARK

94 / 100

True to form, the 2016 Leviathan is a hedonistic red with plush fruit and depth. Rich black currant, dark cherry, crème brulee, cigar box, dried herbs and dark cocao. A full-bodied orchestration of flavors collide on a long finish. A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Syrah, and a little Cabernet Franc. This is one of our perennial meritage favorites. Copious red plum, spice, vanillin and oak, this is a flamboyant red and one of the best values from California.


Product Details


Producer: Leviathan

Country: United States

Region: California

Sub Region: Napa Valley

Varietal: Cabernet Blend

Vintage: 2016

Size: 750ml

Code: W3973-1-1-1