Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Rutherford
Winemaker Trevor Durling

Tasting Notes

This rich and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon offers vibrant aromas of ripe blackberry, dark black currant, rum raisin and warm Madagascar spiced vanilla notes. Layers of complexity and flavor evolve on the palate from saturated black plum to dark mocha and espresso, leading to a more savory fresh chaparral herb profile of bay laurel and wild sage. The wine is dense, strong and robust, while being supported and balanced with a line of acidity providing great weight and roundness. All leading to a firm, powerful finish with great density, black pepper notes and spice.

Winemaking Notes

To develop this wine’s complex fruit expression, we first cold soaked the destemmed grapes for gentle flavor extraction. During fermentation, regular pumpovers incorporate the flavor-rich skins into the juice. Malolactic fermentation, which naturally changes the malic acid into softer lactic acid, rounds the flavors. The wine barrel aged for 20 months exclusively in French oak (100% new).

Vineyard Notes

The fruit for this wine comes from Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch 2 which lies just south of Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch 1 on the westside of Hwy 29 in the heart of Rutherford. The 85-acre vineyard is planted to mostly Cabernet Sauvignon although a small amount of high quality Sauvignon Blanc is also grown here. Like BV Ranch 1, this vineyard site enjoys optimal sun exposure and experiences the cooling influences from regular morning fog allowing for a long, even growing season. BV Ranch 2 is known for producing full bodied, concentrated wines with that signature “Rutherford Dust” flavor profile.

Vintage Notes

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.