91pts Wine & Spirits: Like Buehler’s 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet (also recommended here), this wine needs time to open with air. Its energy is immediately apparent in a sweet hive of mineral tannins. Air brings out its shape, its chewy fruit-skin tannins turning gentle and allowing the wine to buzz with honeyed richness, refreshed by acidity. Decant it for corned beef—especially the crispy bits along the edges. 

90pts James Suckling: Lots of ripe fruit with a raisin character to the floral undertone. Medium body, firm and fresh acidity and a flavorful finish. A little one-dimensional but nice. Drink now.

90pts Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a solid charmer that has ample Cabernet character in its black, black fruits, earth, and herbal aromas and flavors. It's medium-bodied, rounded, and forward, with sweet tannins and excellent purity of fruit.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

John Buehler, Sr. and his son, John, began the renovation of the property that would become Buehler Vineyards in 1971. Located six miles east of St. Helena and nestled in the mountains above Conn Valley, Buehler Vineyards encompasses some 300 acres of Napa Valley hillside terrain. After a quarter of a century of growing grapes and over 20 years of winemaking from those vines, their focus remains on varietals that are best suited to this site: Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.

TASTING NOTES 

The aromas hint at black fruit: ripe black cherries and black plums. Enticing barrel qualities of cola and spice complement the fruit aromas. On the palate, the wine shows layers of deeply extracted flavors that only mature hillside vineyards can render.