Revana Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Let’s see; Monday I did a “Wine of the Week,” Tuesday the latest edition of “Wine Tasting Tell All,” Wednesday was a regular (well, nothing is “regular” on my blog) post, and as I haven’t met anybody that I can write a “Meet the Winemaker” column, I’m left with a “Wine-Sum-More” post. This actually works out very well considering the wine I’m bringing to you. It happens that I could have written about this wine under any (except the “Meet the Winemaker”) of my columns. It’s a great wine, I found it at a wine tasting and this will be less formal so it qualifies for the category I’m eventually placing this under, “Wine-Sum-More.”

As I stood there at the wine tasting perusing the many wines, I happened across a couple that looked particularly interesting, i.e. Cabernets! One by one I started my quest (appropriate word as I just got the first season of Game of Thrones on CD and plan to binge-watch to catch up now that’s it’s ending – late to the party I know). Anyway, the last wine was of more than just a passing interest. As I’ve mentioned in a couple of recent posts, I am eagerly awaiting wines, mostly cabs, from Napa from the 2016 vintage. This one qualified!

Revana Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Being familiar with the name and knowing that the wines are now made under the direction of Thomas Rivers Brown after reading a recent article in Wine Spectator, a little more digging and it gets even better; as the winery explains: “Renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett has been responsible for crafting the exceptional wines of the Revana Estate vineyard since its first vintage in 2001. She has left an indelible imprint and today winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown continues the tradition of making world-class Cabernet Sauvignon in the Revana style.” Two world-class winemakers!

The wine was world-class as well! Slightly more fruit driven with a rustic quality to balance it out. Full-bodied but with subtle tannins making this a wine to enjoy either now or to find a place in the cellar to age gracefully for another 5 to 10 years. Click here for more technical information. This wine also confirms my suspicions, and hopes, that the 2016 Vintage in Napa will produce other outstanding wines that will end up on this blog and, more importantly, in my cellar!

One last item. The wines of Revana are not easily acquired. Most are sold directly from the winery, but it does distribute a small allotment in certain states, I guess Illinois is one of those. Okay, two items. To avoid a little sticker shock, I will mention that the Terroir Series comes in just under $100, compared to the Napa Estate Vineyard Cabernet that retails around $165. Not inexpensive, but as I’ve said many times, “Quality Never Is!”