Producer: Biltmore Estate
Region: North Carolina
ABV: 13%
Price: $30*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Biltmore Estate 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Biltmore Estate 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

87 points

Part of Biltmore's North Carolina-grown line of wines, this cabernet is plummy on the nose with hints of leather, black cherry and vanilla oak.

Sweet cherry fruits on the palate are ripe but not jammy or over-the-top. More plum, vanilla and leather provide some complexity. The tannins are chewy, which makes me think this wine might develop a bit over the next five-plus years.

It doesn't scream "cabernet sauvignon" per se, but it's a well-made wine that will appeal to a wide audience – including many who might not think much of North Carolina as a wine-producing state.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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