The Rutherford appellation, always a favorite, shows earthy, savory, red fruit
aromas followed by flavors that mirror the aromas with red raspberry, cherry, red licorice, vanilla,
and graham crackers. Bright on entry, the fruit freshness carries through the dusty tannins and
broad finish. The 2016 vintage is more of an extrovert than typical years. It is still elegant, but shows
more muscle and personality.
The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, and
brought to the cellar and destemmed. The grapes received a cold soak, followed by fermentation at
a high temperature to ensure maximum extraction was achieved. Then, the wine was racked to 100
percent new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.
The world-famous Rutherford AVA is home to two of our estate vineyards, Rutherford Ridge and Manley Lane, totaling 25 acres from which the fruit for this bottling was sourced. Situated on the valley floor, which benefits from fine loam soil and moderate temperatures, this region is renowned for historically producing some of Napa Valley’s finest and most fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon.