Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Rutherford
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor
Rutherford is the heart of Napa Valley and home to Beaulieu Vineyard. For more than 20 years, winemaker, Jeffrey Stambor, has crafted our Cabernet Sauvignon, which defines the unique expression of our Rutherford vineyards with rich dark berry and cocoa, accented by well-integrated oak spices for a long finish.

92 Points - Wine & Spirits

"Here's a red-fruited cabernet that's juicy and ripe, buoyed by the elegance of benchland tannins.  Those tannins feel brisk, with rocky mineral edges and softer hints of leather.  They gird the flavors, holding them tight, even as a beam of freshness shoots through the middle of the wine, brightening the formal structure." -  Josh Greene, WINE & SPIRITS, October 2018

Tasting Notes

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 Notes

We cold soaked the destemmed grapes for two to three days for gentle flavor extraction, which develops the elegant, layered fruit expression that is inherent in Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. During the eight-to twelve-day fermentation, we pumped over the cap to incorporate the flavor-rich skins into the juice. To balance the bold fruit expression with toasty oak character, we chose more than half new oak for barrel aging and added Petit Verdot, Petit Sirah and Merlot to enhance the complex flavor profile.

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.  

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.  

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