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Cinnabar Winery

2016 Mercury Rising Reserve 1.5L Image

2016 Mercury Rising Reserve 1.5L

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In celebration of Cinnabar's 35th Anniversary, this special 2016 vintage is made from particularly high-quality grapes and was only bottled in Magnums.  

The Taste


Blueberry, Baking Spice, Mocha

The Science




Varietal Content
53% Cabernet Sauvignon
27% Cabernet Franc
15% Petite Sirah
5% Malbec

California AVAs
Alexander Valley, Paso Robles,
Red Hills of Lake County

75 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 6–28, 2016
Released July 28, 2018 
Age 5–7 years

The Magic

  • Each lot picked separately
  • Cold soak 3–5 days
  • Each lot was fermented separately 10–14 days in both open-top bins and stainless steel tanks
  • Each lot was barrel-aged separately for 1 year in both French and American oak (30% new)
  • Blended in tank and barrel-aged an additional 8 months

The Alchemists


George Troquato, Winemaker & Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

The 2016 Mercury Rising is a blend primarily composed of Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon adds structure and aroma; Cabernet Franc adds a floral, spicy character; Petite Sirah adds volume; Malbec adds richness. All of the grapes are fermented separately due to different harvest dates and to maximize the potential of each variety.

The Innovation

Mercury Rising was first created in the mid-1990s, before red wine blends became popular. Mainly composed of Bordeaux varieties, each grape is selected according to its vineyard site and its reflection of the terroir. The varietal composition changes slightly year-to-year, with the end goal of creating a wine that is dark in color and rich in flavor, with supple tannins and spicy character. 

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