92 Points - James Suckling
91 Points - Tasting Panel
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
92 Insider Points

REVIEWS

Aromas of flowers and jam with dark fruit. Medium to full body, a solid core of ripe fruit and flavors of spices and berries. Delicious finish. A flamboyant young wine. Drink or hold. -James Suckling


Dark and lush with ripe plum and blackberry fruit; intense, balanced and rich with depth, style and finesse; juicy and balanced with ripe flavors and no herbaceousness; deep and long. -Tasting Panel


Grippy with tannin and firm structure, this warm-vintage wine shows rich red cherry, currant and spicy clove flavors. Tinged with a touch of reduction, it gains depth and mouthfeel from its prominent oak. -Wine Enthusiast


Cherry and cream on the nose. Full bodied showing black cherry, plum, blueberry and oak tannin with chalky mineral texture. Cherry and dark chocolate through the finish. 92 Points - JZ Oct '18

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • APPELLATION
    Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Pioneers in the Rutherford appellation and that goes for the greater Napa Valley as a whole general, Rutherford Hills winery has been perfecting California Cabernet since their founding more than nearly one-half century ago. Theirs is a mouth-filling, warm and toasty style and one that is much imitated throughout the AVA but seldom matched. Noting the wine’s “"Aromas of flowers and jam with dark fruit” and “Delicious finish,” James Suckling rates this one 92 points. “Grippy with tannin and firm structure, this warm-vintage wine shows rich red cherry, currant and spicy clove flavors,” writes the Wine Enthusiast, which gives this classic Napa Cab 90 points.

Members have access to this cellar-worthy red at a savings that allows for tucking a few bottles away in the cellar and drinking a few now.

·    The Wine Enthusiast scored the 2013 vintage 95 points or “Superb.” “Cabernet shined brightest,” in the 2013 vintage, writes the Wine Spectator, describing a year that was quite successful in the Napa Valley across all varietals.

·    Rutherford Hill was founded in 1972 as a Merlot-centric estate with a goal of producing Pomerol-like reds from terroir eerily similar to that found in Bordeaux’s Right Bank.

·    Situated just north of Highway 128 in the heart of the Rutherford AVA, this grand estate underwent a seven-million-dollar renovation in the early 2000s including an extensive state-of-the-art cave.

·    Grapes for this strapping Cab came from the Rutherford Hills two estate vineyards in the AVA: one of the valley floor and one high on the slope above the winery.

TASTING NOTES 

From the winery:

Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding example of the bold personality and unbridled flavor characteristics of a Napa Valley Cabernet. This ripe, sleek, elegant wine is carefully crafted then properly cave aged in French oak within one of the most extensive natural cave systems in North America, providing the ideal temperature and humidity throughout the aging process.

Intricate flavor intensity, with full body. Intense flavors of dark plum and cassis, with a thread of spices. Lush texture, with velvety tannins.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

Nestled high in the Eastern Hills, Rutherford Hill Winery commands a spectacular view overlooking the Rutherford bench of Napa Valley. It is from a handful of the most select Napa vineyards that Rutherford Hill continues its tradition of crafting legendary wines. In 1976, while the rest of the world was just beginning to take notice of Napa Valley, the founders of Rutherford Hill recognized a unique opportunity. They believed that the climate and soil of the valley, similar to Pomerol, were well suited to Merlot and were among the first to pioneer what has become Napa's premier varietal. Today, this tradition of quality continues, expressed by wines of great complexity and character.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair this with a rich and intense flavored meat dish such as venison, lamb, or beef.