This Cabernet Sauvignon boldly boasts its Rutherford AVA sourcing with its great saturation of color, aromas and flavors. Its massive brambly blackberry, cassis and black plum expressionintermingles with nuances of earthy forest loam, mocha, pipe tobacco, caramel and sweet oak spices. The structured "Rutherford dust" tannins give this wine its dense texture and expansivemouthfeel, while balanced acidity from the excellent growing season adds vibrancy.
We cold soaked the destemmed grapes for two to three days for gentle flavor extraction, which develops the elegant, layered fruit expression that is inherent in Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. During the eight-to 12 day fermentation, we pumped over the cap to incorporate the flavor-rich skins into the juice. To balance the bold fruit expression with toasty oak character, we chose more than half new oak for barrel aging and added Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec to enhance the complex flavor profile.
A beautiful and silky Napa cabernet that shows mint and berry character with hints of currants. Medium- to full-bodied, juicy and delicious. Vivid finish.