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Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Rutherford
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor
 

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast

“Brawny char and dark chocolate create a stage for jammy black cherry and blackberry to star in this big-boned full-bodied wine. Generous use of oak and substantial tannin give it an oomph of power that persists through a soft rounded finish.” - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, February 2019

 

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 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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