Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Since the 1930s, the Rutherford region, on the floor of Napa Valley, has been widely recognized as a source of superlative Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Since the 1930s, the Rutherford region, on the floor of Napa Valley, has been widely recognized as a source of superlative Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pine Ridge Vineyards is proud to own 38 estate acres within this appellation, including the Rutherford Ridge Vineyard. The area’s hallmark gravelly loam soils and moderate temperatures deliver fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon with outstanding balance and elegance.

VINEYARDS  The world-famous Rutherford AVA is home to two of our estate vineyards, Rutherford Ridge and Manley Lane, totaling 38 acres from which the fruit for this bottling was sourced. Situated on the valley floor, which benefits 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.

HARVEST AND WINEMAKING  Following several years of drought, February delivered much-needed rain to the vines. Budbreak occurred early in 2015 due to warmer than normal temperatures in late winter and early spring. Warm temperatures and abundant sunshine June through October led to good growth the rest of the season, an early harvest, and very high-quality, balanced fruit. The clusters were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted, and destemmed to tank, where fermentation took place. Then, the wine was racked to 100 percent new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.

TASTING NOTES  This classic Cabernet opens with lush, aromas of sweet ripe red fruit, blueberry, mineral and earthy notes. The richly textured flavors echo the aromas, and then pick up dark cherry, hints of cranberry, vanilla, and mocha. This wine displays a firm backbone, yet is soft and chewy with a lingering finish.

PAIRING  Food pairings with the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon are a breeze if you focus on simple recipes like grilled steak or duck kebabs with figs. For the cheese plate, pair with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, a grassy and nutty cheese from Vermont.

Tasting Notes