2016 HOOPLA CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
What’s all the hoopla about with this wine? Hoopla’s California Cabernet might be a mixed breed, but if you follow the lineage, I think you’ll find it comes from some doggone good stock. After all, the producer Hoopes Ranch does own 35 acres in Oakville. Their 2016 California Cabernet brings together fruit from Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and Monterey. The unnamed fruit sources play harmoniously well on the palate in this complex, balanced, and hedonistic value. At $22, this Cab could become man’s second-best friend.
Hoopla is a cross-breed that includes barrels that didn’t go into Hoopes purebred bottlings from Napa Valley, Oakville, and Howell Mountain that range $50-$125/btl, and also includes fruit from secret sources in Paso Robles and Monterey. The wine offers a lush coat of smooth red and black fruits, intertwined with spice box, crushed rock, subtle pipe tobacco, dried flowers, scorched earth, and absolutely no bite.
This delicious Cabernet Sauvignon was harnessed in oak barrels for 18 months and is stunningly well balanced, which is not-so-common at this value level. Don’t let this one escape.
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