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.
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.
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.
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