A classic and rustic expression of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon,
revealing refined aromas of blackberry, black cherry, sweet cassis and
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.
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
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
22 Months, 100% French Oak, 65% New.