WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
  • APPELLATION
    Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    22 Months, 94% French Oak, 4% American Oak, 2% Hungarian Oak (27% New Oak)

90pts James Suckling: A big and more typical Napa cabernet sauvignon with currant and dried fruit character. Some chocolate, too. Full body, juicy fruit and a flavorful finish. Drink now.

Robert Parker: Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford has about 40% new oak and is composed of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with splashes of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is open for business, with ripe blackberry and black currant aromas complemented by spice box and cedar chest notions plus a hint of bay leaf. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has open-knit, bright black fruits with earthy undertones and a chewy structure, finishing with savory nuances.

Positioned in the heart of Napa Valley, the Rutherford appellation enjoys sun exposure, climate and soils well suited to Cabernet Sauvignon. The significant percentage of new barrels wove oak complexity through the dark-fruit flavors. While this wine’s dynamic tannin structure promises excellent aging potential, it is approachable in its youth, especially if decanted.

The 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon’s “sense of place” comes from selecting the vast majority of the grapes from three outstanding vineyards in the Rutherford American Viticultural Area. These are estate vineyards, Hewitt and Wildwood, and one that was purchased, which is Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III.  Georges III and Wildwood vineyards are located on the eastern side of the appellation, while Hewitt vineyard is located on the western benchland near our winery. The balance of the blend comes from several vineyards in Calistoga and Oakville.

TASTING NOTES 

The Rutherford appellation, located in the heart of Napa Valley, provides the climate and soils that are especially well suited to Cabernet Sauvignon. Our 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon reveals its provenance with deep berry expression and seductive savory notes. Complex nuances of rum raisin, warm berry compote, black licorice and sun-warmed rose surround the core of blackberry and cassis. The expansive flavors culminate in a finish warmed by dark chocolate and oak spice from new barrels. The integrated, cocoa-powder tannins—a signature of Rutherford dust—enhance the opulent texture and firm structure, as well as giving cellar worthiness.