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2016 Casa Piena Cabernet Sauvginon
Drinking window: 2020 - 2031
Casa Piena's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has turned out beautifully. I can't remember tasting a vintage of Casa Piena with this much finesse, nuance and pure class. Silky tannins let the fruit shine in this delicious, compelling Cabernet from Carmen Policy and Casa Piena. The 2016 is not especially complex, but it scores very high on the pleasure scale.
— Antonio Galloni
The Midas Touch of Thomas Rivers Brown.
Over two decades, this self-taught winemaker has made an indelible impact on California wine.
by James Laube
"...Brown’s high-profile clients include former NFL executive Carmen Policy (right), owner of Casa Piena, a Cabernet Sauvignon specialist based in Napa's Yountville district for whom Brown has made seven outstanding wines among nine vintages..."
2013 Casa Piena Cabernet Sauvginon
Drinking window: 2018 - 2030
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Casa Piena is just as impressive as it has always been. Rich, ample and powerful, the 2013 exudes class. Sweet tobacco, herbs, menthol and licorice wrap around a core of intense red fruit. The flavors are bright, vibrant and intense throughout, but my sense is that the 2014 is still improving. This is a terrific showing from Casa Piena and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.
— Antonio Galloni
The New York Times
Beer and football may go together like wine and cheese. But lately more and more people seem be favoring a Bordeaux over a Bud Light. Wine has made inroads into football stadiums and living rooms across the United States on Sundays....
... Then there is Carmen Policy, the longtime executive of the 49ers during their glory years in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the Cleveland Browns. About 15 years ago, he and his wife bought a 14-acre plot in Napa Valley and hired an architect and a vineyard manager. They set about growing cabernet grapes in 2003.
Issue #221, October, 2015
Coming from a vineyard in the Yountville region near the Kapcsandy estate, this wine is a beauty. A vivid expression of black-fruited Cabernet Sauvignon with terrific purity, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, an opaque purple color and full-bodied power, the tannins are sweet and the wine large-scaled, rich, pure and well-balanced. Give it another 3-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following two decades.|
— Robert Parker