Jackson Estate Trace Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Deep, rich, chunky, full-bodied and voluptuous. The Trace Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon features loads of black fruit, licorice, espresso roast, slight cigar box and a lingering hint of chocolate. On Trace Ridge, we grow Cabernet Sauvignon in and above the morning fog line where ultimately the warm sunshine creates small grape clusters with intense flavors.
92 points, Jen Dunnock, jebdunnuck.com, Jun 2019
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Jackson Estate Trace Ridge is another terrific wine. Coming all from Knights Valley and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 47% new French oak, it offers outstanding notes of cassis and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of white flowers, violets, lead pencil shavings, and just a hint of rocky minerality. Focused, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, give bottles 2-3 years and it should develop beautifully over the following 15 years or more.
92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2019
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Trace Ridge is a very pretty and expressive Knights Valley Cabernet. Grilled herb, leather, smoke, chocolate and game notes run through this virile, expressive Cabernet. I would give the 2016 a few years in bottle to soften. Today, the tannins are quite imposing.
Aged 21 months in 51% new French Oak.
The ancient volcano, Mount St. Helena, towers over Sonoma County. On the western slope of the mountain, about 1,000 feet up in elevation, you’ll reach our Trace Ridge vineyard. On Trace Ridge, we grow Cabernet Sauvignon in and above the morning fog line where ultimately the warm sunshine creates small grape clusters with intense flavors. This estate overlooks the original Trace, or Settler’s path, linking Sonoma County to Lake County
Elevation: 450-1,000 feet
Soil: Beige volcanic rock, volcanic loam, fractured rock and thin topsoil.
Climate: Mediterranean warm. Some fog wafts up to the area from Chalk Hill, Alexander Valley and Calistoga.