Rutherford, Napa Valley

Provenance Vineyards

Estate Grown Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 Provenance ‘Rutherford’ Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent effort from this warm vintage in Napa Valley. On the nose the wine shows off lovely herbal undertones that combine with blackberry cobbler, mocha and anise aromatics. The palate is plush, delivering a soft and inviting mouthfeel. Wild blackberry, crushed mint, and dark chocolate covered espresso bean flavors all combine nicely in the mouth. While excellent now, this will evolve well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 90 — a day ago

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Piña Cellars

Firehouse Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Oak, candied black fruit with herbal undertones. Deep garnet color, heavy mouthfeel. Minnesota winters are long - spring-like weather feels SO GOOD. — 2 days ago

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Cheers fellow MN sufferers! ❄️
Dennis P.

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@Vanessa D Nice photo display. Yes to spring finally here.

Hunt & Harvest

Rutherford Merlot 2013

Time for my #MerlotThursday. Here's a great one from Napa Valley.

A nice color of dark ruby with a wide brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, plums, vanilla, cedar, licorice, spices, pencil lead, peppercorn, chocolates, dark coffee, earth and light vegetables.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black plums, cherries, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, vegetables, leather, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Napa Valley. Well balanced and spicy. Fruit forward and big. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (1 hour).

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now. From a great vintage, and is peaking now. Will be good in the next 5 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Merlot grapes were aged in 50% New French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 18 days ago

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Caymus Vineyards

40th Anniversary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

What was meant to be a casual dinner with friends over homemade BLTs ended up turning into a full-blown wine dinner.
Eager to see how this develops over the years. As it stands now it’s syrupy with cloves, figs, molasses, and is pretty extracted. I think the potential is there but it’s going to take some time for it to mature and formulate.
— 16 days ago

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Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

For my 2,500th review on Delectable.

A wonderful Napa Cabernet sauvignon from a great vintage.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black fruits and chocolate notes, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, dark coffee, spices, tobacco leaf and earth.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Still young and needs another 5 years to mature.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 4 hours of airtime.
14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points
— 7 days ago

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Incredible!!!! Many congratulations!

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Perspective Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Been holding on to this one for a bit. This one needed about an hour and a half to fully express. Initially the news resembled one of those girl scout cookies that used to be called Samoas. A little bit of coconut, chocolate, oatmeal, herbaceous, red fruited. Rather interesting, so I left it alone. An hour later, red and black fruits on the nose but there was still an herbaceousness and oatmeal character. Entered medium + bodied. Red and black fruit with red clay kind of character. More classic Rutherford dust up front. Black pepper and bell pepper and sweet tobacco to the middle and finish. Hint of red licorice and oregano. Really neat wine. Old world. Great finesse. — 16 days ago

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Mark Flesher

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Lol @Severn Goodwin it was quite tasty
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Also, Samoas were/are my favorite.
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@Severn Goodwin they have a soft spot in my heart as well.

B Cellars

Star Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Dark fruit, Licorice, cocoa, kirsch, certainly dusty on the end. 2016 got 98+ parker. — 2 days ago

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Mike Smith is a brilliant winemaker

Staglin Family Vineyard

30th Anniversary Selection Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Magnum format- we decanted for over two hours. This was deep, deep purple and fantastic. The fruit and tannins are bold but not over the top for being so young. The table ordered porterhouse and the fat worked like magic with this opulent wine. — 3 days ago

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McGah Family Cellars

Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Wifey pic and she’s in artsy-fartsy mode, again!
The nose is pure strawberry jam. The palate is sweet, yet earthy. Tannins are completely integrated, with hardly any acidity. Very fruit-forward with red and blue fruits. This should not be cellared beyond 12 - 24 months, besides, it’s not going to go to a better place, given its composition and structure.
— 8 days ago

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Parker says 15-20 years but that’s pushing it


Ronnie! I fear you’re very off here. Just the other day, @Jason and Jennie and I were speaking that the 16 is far more backward than previous vintages.

This is a hold in my books.
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@TheSkip, I’m always off my friend, and happy to be corrected. I do hope that I’m horribly wrong. Have you seen any reviews from WS, WA, AG, or any major pro? If not, why do you think that is? I’m sticking to my guns on every word in my notes. Tannins are all integrated, very little acid to note. I think it’s gonna decline, fast.

Beaulieu Vineyard

Georges de Latour Private Reserve Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 1961

Didn’t expect much. Not a great Napa vintage. Passive storage, but in only one place since release. Basically this is what the Burgundians say “If you want to drink Burgundy, you can wait 50 years for Bdx to become Burgundy or you can just buy Burgundy”. 🤣

Definitely fading but still a touch of acid left to keep the maraschino cherry juice type fruit integrated. This was very elegant and....Burgundy like.
— 15 days ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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I passed 8 th grade in1961 . By the skin of my teeth! I bet bottle cost $1 then! Cool wine.