This wine lives up to its Rutherford reputation, offering up aromas of fresh plum, blueberry and red raspberry framed by sweet caramel, graphite, mocha and anise. This bright, juicy Cabernet delivers a mouthful of blue fruits along with vanilla, ground coffee, birch beer and a hint of blood orange. The powdery, grainy tannins remind you of the Rutherford pedigree and build to a finish with touches of cranberry, black licorice and baking spice. You can cellar this wine for up to twelve years. An excellent accompaniment to pork belly tacos or braised short ribs.
2019 began with a wet and cool spring, delaying bud break by two weeks compared to 2018. The summer growing season was mild, with no heat spikes. Due to moderate weather and late bud break, veraison ended in early August. Autumn brought hot days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to ripen fully, while preserving their acidity. The 2019 wines are full and robust with deep color.
The grapes for this wine come from the world-famous Rutherford appellation. Situated on terraces and the valley floor, which benefit from fine loam soil and moderate temperatures, this region is renowned for historically producing some of Napa Valley’s finest and most fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, then brought to the cellar and destemmed. The grapes received a cold soak, followed by fermentation at a high temperature to ensure maximum extraction was achieved. The wine was racked to 64 percent new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.