Positioned in the heart of Napa Valley, the Rutherford appellation enjoys sun exposure, climate and soils well suited to Cabernet Sauvignon. The significant percentage of new barrels wove oak complexity through the dark-fruit flavors. While this wine’s dynamic tannin structure promises excellent aging potential, it is approachable in its youth, especially if decanted.
Barrel Aging: 22 Months, 95% French Oak and 5% Hungarian Oak (35% New)
Varietal Composition: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Production: 11,174 cases
Our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon’s “sense of place” comes from selecting the best fruit from three outstanding vineyards in the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA). Much of the Cabernet is coming from our Wildwood estate vineyard, and we source most of the balance from Beckstoffer Georges III. A small amount of grapes from our historic Hewitt Vineyard top it all off. The Wildwood and Georges III vineyards are located on the eastern side of the appellation, while Hewitt Vineyard is located on the western Rutherford benchland near our winery. Additionally, we also sourced the Cabernet Franc and Malbec from a couple of our favorite vineyards in Calistoga, while a touch of Petit Verdot from Hewitt rounds out the blend.
Although in 2015 we received three-quarters of our normal rainfall, the cumulative effect of four years of drought in Napa Valley resulted in a light crop. However, the vintage made up in grape quality what it lacked in quantity. The small crop and dry, warm conditions promoted an early, condensed harvest that kept us hopping. At Provenance, we began picking in mid-August and wrapped up the crush by mid-October. We were rewarded by balanced wines with highly concentrated flavors.
After hand harvesting the fruit, we hand sorted the clusters and then, following destemming, hand sorted the individual grapes to assure the highest quality. To gently extract opulent color and flavors from the skins, we cold soaked the partially crushed grapes for three days. Two to three weeks of post-fermentation skin contact—the length depending on varietal and vineyard personality—developed varietal expression. In-barrel malolactic fermentation rounded the mouthfeel and small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot broadened the spectrum of aromas and flavors.