The 2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon fills the senses with deep, fully ripe blackberry, cassis and black cherry aromas and flavors, nuanced with violet, tobacco and new leather. The wine expands across the palate in broad, full-bodied flavors, with a firm structure of cocoa powder tannins. Hints of toasty spice and dark chocolate from barrel aging permeate the aromas and linger on the intense finish. The texture is rich, and the balance is impeccable, inviting you back to take another sip.
Wine Maker Notes
Grapes from sites throughout Napa Valley were harvested at optimal maturity, then de-stemmed and gently crushed into open-top stainless steel fermenters. Fermentation lasted 7-10 days, reaching a peak juice temperature of 80º F, before pressi_level2ng off at dryness. Fifteen percent of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel, contributing to a richer mid-palate texture and well-integrated new oak component. The wine was further aged in a variety of oak barrels prior to blending and bottling for 18 months in American and European oak barrels.