2017
Rutherford

Cabernet Sauvignon
Description

Marked by extreme conditions that reduced crop size, the 2017 vintage started with abundant winter rainfall followed by a mild spring which led to vigorous vines. The growing season saw three heat spikes, including one over Labor Day weekend kicking harvest into high gear. By October 8, nearly 90% of the grapes had been harvested and the resulting wine is characterized as elegant with a great complexity of flavor.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

Red and black currants, gravelly earth, hazelnut and tobacco aromas spring from the glass. 

Palate: 

Bitter cherry and raspberry flavors with a touch of mint are found on the beautifully textured palate. This is a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with fine-grained tannins and a lively finish.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours of October 23 and were fermented on the skins for a total of 52 days. After native fermentation, the wine was gently pressed, racked and aged for 18 months in 36% new French oak barrels from Baron and Leroi. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered on July 17, 2019.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.59
  • TA: 5.6 g/l
  • Aging
    • 18 Months in French oak
    • 36% New oak
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Seared Filet Mignon, Pan Roasted Veal Chops
Cheese & Nuts:
Strong Hard Cheeses
Fruits & Vegetables:
Caesar or Niçoise Salad
Sauces:
Red Wine Sauce
SKU:
RACSR173
$95