Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2019
About This Wine
On the nose: Concentrated dark red fruit, cassis, espresso beans, dusty earth, anise
On the palate: Red cherry, black plum skin, cocoa nib, molasses, leather, pot de crème
Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec
Fermentation: 60% barrel fermented in 50% new, 50% 1-year old French oak barrels, 40% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 18 months in French oak, 50% new, 50% 1-year-old barrels
2019 provided us with an unprecedented growing season. Moderate to cooler temperatures in early spring resulted in a delayed start followed by showers during bloom in May. However, continual moderate temperatures from June through August allowed vines to balance their growth. By early August, as cluster size was fully developed and overall growth more harmonious, it was clear that 2019 would be a memorable vintage. A month later, most red grapes showed complexities and flavors that normally would not appear until later in season. The 2019 wines show early approachability and impeccable balance.