Nose

Cassis, black plum and anise aromas combine with subtle vanilla from the toasted oak.

Palate

Juicy blackberry and black currant flavors mingle with black licorice, espresso and toasted oak in this structured yet elegant cabernet sauvignon with velvety tannins.

Growing Conditions

The 2018 growing season started with a relatively mild winter and spring. There was some decent rain in early and mid-January, almost none in February, and a fair amount in March and April which filled up our lakes and kicked off the growing season. With a warm July, markedly cooler temperatures in August with no heat spikes, the weather remained ideal through September and October. There was a little rain in early October, but warm weather and dry breezes followed, allowing the grapes to hang on the vines longer and further develop their flavors. - Rutherford Estate Vineyard - Dollarhide Estate Vineyard

Harvest

Harvest continued through November because of the ideal weather enabling the fruit to stay on the vine with no pressure from Mother Nature. The quality of the fruit was terrific, and the resulting wines show tremendous promise.

Bottling

June 23 - July 16, 2020

Aging

100% French oak (22% new) for 20 months

Appearance

Opulent purple and red hues present in this wine.

Food Pairing

- Red Wine Creamy Risotto with Parmigiano Reggiano - Herb Roasted Mushrooms