Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Harry Hansen
The signature Rutherford fruit shines across the midpalate as the smooth entry develops a brooding underbelly of rich, dark, juicy fruit. Dried cherries, dark cocoa and sweet hazelnut coffee melt through the middle, joined by barrel nuances that lend tannins and structure without overpowering the fruit. This well-balanced, well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon will hold up to hardy roasted or braised meats and rich sauce dishes.

Tasting Notes

In the glass this wine shows dark, inky purple depths that bloom with black fruit, blueberry pie and layers of toasted oak, nutmeg and clove. The signature Rutherford fruit shines on the mid-palate as the smooth entry develops a brooding rich, dark, juicy fruit. Dried cherries, dark cocoa and sweet hazelnut coffee melt through the middle, joined by barrel nuances of tannins and structure without overpowering the fruit. This well-balanced, well-structured wine will hold up to hardy roasted or braised meats and rich sauce dishes.

Vineyard Notes

The grapes for our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon come from a group of vineyards known to produce the plump, plush flavors that define this wine. A majority of the vineyards flank the Napa River along the valley floor, where soils are deep and well drained. Temperatures during the growing season are warm, allowing the grapes to bask under the open, sun-filled sky. This heat, however, is tempered by a cooling influence that creeps in during the afternoon, keeping the fine-tuned acids in balance with the full-flavored fruit.

Vintage Notes

Although California’s continued drought brought another dry winter, the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer temperatures remained mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. The overall quality and expressive fruit characteristics make this an outstanding vintage.

Winemaking

Maintaining a voluptuous, dark, brambly character in our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is essential. To ensure that, we hand-harvested at optimal maturity. During fermentation we used frequent pump-overs, keeping the flavorful skins in contact with the juice for maximum extraction of aromas and flavors. The wine aged 18 months in a combination of French, American and European oak barrels, almost half new, to further integrate the layers of flavors. Before bottling, we blended a small amount of two classic Bordeaux varietals: Merlot, which added a supple mid-palate round, juicy fruits, and Petit Verdot, which bolstered the color and added a nice smoky-spice element.
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