92 Insider Points
It's Back, and It Abides
"Are you employed, sir"? "Employed"? "You don't go out looking for a job dressed like that? On a weekday"? "Is this a... what day is this"?
I couldn't help myself. Any opportunity to throw out Lebowski quotes will not be passed up. We ran as much of the Dude's previous vintage because, frankly, it's just an awesome bottle of wine! Luckily, when the 2015 ran out, I had easy access to this the 2016, and I'm excited to be running it again.
Cranberry and raspberry jam on the nose. The palate is full bodied with bright red cherry, oak tannin, pomegranate and vanilla cream, leading into a medium finish. A great example of Napa's 2015. Drink now-2021. The Dude abides, man.
--92 Insider Points
*This wine is coming direct from the winery
This Bordeaux blend will have you saying, “Dude!” from the very first sip. Cab Sauv. Merlot. Cab Franc. Petite Verdot. Quite a bold lineup from some of Napa’s pristine growing regions and taking on multiple growing sites is nothing new for Canepa Koch Wine Cellars’ “The Dude.” This vintage spans Calistoga, Carneros, Rutherford, and Oak Knoll. And its quality speaks for itself.
Our Sourcing Team was able to get their hands on a generous allotment just for our Members. It’s one of those wines us Cab-blend fanatics trip over ourselves on as we try to experience its luscious beauty.
Besides his credible training, Neil has Napa Valley in his soul. Growing up among the region’s vineyards and wineries, his appreciation for the craft started early. No wonder he has the ability to source some of the finest grapes, his hands of literally been in the region’s dirt since he was a boy. Make no mistake, 2016 The Dude is as boldly happy a wine as you will find.
Bold aromas of black cherry and plum are heightened by hints of oak and Madagascar vanilla. A soft and velvety palate of anise, dark cocoa powder and roasted sage lead into a dense finish with luscious tannins.
Winemaker Neil Koch - pronounced like “scotch” without the “s” - is given much deserved credit for this wine. He’s a former protegee of industry leader Philippe Melka. Yes, the Philippe Melka who Robert Parker named as ‘one of the world’s nine most important winemakers’ and a ‘Winemaker of the Year’ recipient from Food & Wine. Neil got the pleasure of training under Philippe across several labels including: Seavey Vineyards, Bryant Family and Vineyard 29.
This is delicious on its own, but also goes really well with roast lamb, veal, or spaghetti bolognese.