Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Rutherford
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

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 expression intermingles 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 expansive mouthfeel, while balanced acidity from the excellent growing season adds vibrancy.

 

Tasting Note

This Cabernet Sauvignon truly expresses its Rutherford AVA sourcing with tremendous saturation of color, aromas and flavors. The nose is ripe with vibrant blackberry, raspberry and black cherry notes alongside nuances of violet, vanilla and sweet oak spices. The structured “Rutherford dust” tannins give this wine its signature fine cocoa powder texture and expansive mouthfeel, while balanced acidity from the fantastic growing season and lower yielding vintage provides concentration, depth and freshness on the finish.

Winemaking Note

This  Cabernet  Sauvignon  truly  expresses  its  Rutherford  AVA  sourcing  with  tremendous  saturation  of  color,  aromas  and  flavors.  The  nose  is  ripe  with  vibrant  blackberry,  raspberry  and  black  cherry  notes  alongside  nuances  of  violet,  vanilla  and  sweet  oak  spices.  The  structured  “Rutherford  dust”  tannins  give  this  wine  its  signature  fine  cocoa  powder  texture  and expansive mouthfeel, while balanced acidity from the fantastic growing season and lower yielding vintage provides concentration, depth and freshness on the finish.

Vineyard

We selected 80 percent of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine from vineyard blocks in our historic BV Ranches No. 1, No. 2 and No.10, which provided the concentrated dark-fruit character and firm structure that we desired. These vineyards, located on the Rutherford Bench, have alluvial fan soils—composed of gravel, sand and loam—that allow the vines to root deeply and develop complex minerality in the grapes. The balance came from highly regarded growers whom we have worked closely with us for many years.  

Vintage Note

A mild winter across California lead to early bud break in 2015 but limited rain and moderate temperatures  throughout  the  growing  season  caused  the  overall  length  of  the  season  to  be  consistent  with  years  past.  The  yields  in  2015  were  slightly  lower  than  the  previous  year,  which  lead  to  exceptional  quality,  resulting  in  a  Cabernet  with  tremendous  concentration  of  flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.  

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