Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley, California, United States

Vintage:2016 (Past)

2017 (Past) | 2019 (Current)

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Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • WS 89


Wine Spectator

89 Points, Tasting Highlights

June 17, 2019, James Molesworth

“This is old-school, with bay leaf and savory notes popping out of the core of steeped plum and black currant fruit. Features a tarry edge, a spike of iron and flickers of pepper throughout. Best from 2021 through 2028.”


Vinified under the strict supervision of Christian Moueix‘s winemaking team in Yountville, California, Carpe Diem embodies the essence of Napa Valley classic Cabernet Sauvignon. 


Grapes for the Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon have been selected exclusively from the best vineyards in world-renowned Napa Valley.

Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a classic winemaking style, respecting the characteristics of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The wine is fruit forward, elegant, and exhibits soft tannins, making it pleasant to drink in its youth. Oak is used sparingly to keep Carpe Diem fresh and vibrant.

Tasting Notes

A refreshing and straightforward wine expressing its bountiful fruit with bright aromas of wild strawberries and soft tannins.

Harvest Notes

Rainy days were spread out evenly over the course of a warmer than average winter (November to March: 31.2 inches total, 11.2 inches in March). With soil water reserves full, vines grew quickly with dense canopies. Bloom and veraison unfolded in warm and dry conditions and one heat spike of 103°F was recorded on July 26th. Ripening slowed down in August because of cooler temperatures and late morning fog. Fruit zone de-leafing and higher temperatures in September (99.2°F on the 18th, 100.8°F on the 25th, 100°F on the 26th) helped fruit to ripen consistently.

Technical Information

Varietals: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot

Wine Alcohol: 14.5%

Fermentation: Stainless steel

New Oak: 10%

Aging: 12 months in barrel

Aging Potential: 3-5 years

Cases Produced: 3,600 – 9 Litre cases