Vinoce 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville – The Real McCoy!

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If you ever want to experience what the hoopla is about Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, try this 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville.  Previously, I had a side by side comparison of the 2017 Vinoce St Helena and 2016 Vinoce Mt Veeder. Both were excellent and the story can be found at:


The Winery


Brian and Lori Nuss are the founders of Vinoce. The meaning of Vinoce (vin-o-chay) is a play on his name and German-Italian background. In German “nuss” translates as “nut”. In Italian “noce” means nut and thus Vinoce means “wine nut”. 

Here is another link to a previous story on Vinoce:



The Wine


This Cabernet Sauvignon on the eyes is dark red. In fact even with sunlight behind the glass it is a dense dark red with medium heavy viscosity. The dark fruit of a classical Oakville wine is found on the nose and palate with blackberry, black plum, pipe tobacco and a hint of black licorice. Toasted Oak provides a background for raspberry and expresso to show just a little edginess. The finish is a bursting mouthful with silky but not fully tamed tannins and well balance and long lasting.


The Food Pairing


The wine was complimented this evening with a BBQ shish kebab Filet Mignon beef, green & red bell peppers, pineapples and purple onion. Marinated in a wonderful sauce of vegetable oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, prepared mustard, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, coarsely cracked black pepper and pink Himalayan Sea salt. Accompanied by Portabella BBQ mushrooms, roasted Brussel sprouts with olive oil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.  Add cut and roasted potatoes with Parmesan cheese  with a few spices and a complete and harmonious meal was in store.






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