Our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon shows dark, inky purple depths that bloom with brambly black fruit, blue-berry pie and layers of toasted oak, nutmeg and clove. 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, wellstructured Cabernet Sauvignon will hold up to hardy roasted or braised meats and rich sauce dishes.
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.
Maintaining a voluptuous, dark, brambly character in our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is essential. To do that, we hand harvested the grapes, ensuring optimal maturity. During fermentation, we used frequent pump-overs, keeping the rich, flavorful skins in contact with the juice for maximum extraction of aromas and flavors. We aged the wine for 18 months in a combination of French, American and European oak barrels, almost half new, to further integrate the layers of flavors in the wine. Before bottling, we blended in a small amount of two classic Bordeaux varietals: Merlot, which added a supple midpalate and round, juicy fruits, and Petit Verdot, which bolstered the color and added a nice smoky-spice element.