Nose

A classic and rustic expression of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, revealing refined aromas of blackberry, black cherry, sweet cassis and clove.

Palate

This full-bodied wine displays red stone fruits and earthy tobacco flavors, balanced by a subtle acidity and supple, moderate tannins. The smooth finish is gracefully enhanced by definitive Rutherford Dust. Drink now through the next 8 - 10 years.

Growing Conditions

A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. Two brief mid-September rains had virtually no impact on the grapes. The vast majority of the more delicate skinned grapes had already been harvested and sunny weather with breezes followed the rains, allowing for the mostly Cabernet Sauvignon that remained to dry out almost immediately. The cooler, sunny weather throughout October allowed the final grapes still on the vine to linger longer, developing more phenolic and flavor maturities with sugar levels remaining steady. Vineyards: Lone Acre Vineyard, Bella Oaks Lane

Aging

22 Months, 100% French Oak, 65% New.